A History of the Romani People by Hristo Kyuchukov

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A thousand years ago, a group of people who later became the Romani were drive out of northern India by an invading army. This group then took to traveling the world, adopting words, cultural customs, and religious beliefs from the people they encountered throughout their journeys. Little by little, the Romani integrated these new beliefs with their old ways, eventually creating the unique Romani culture known today. Now Hristo Kyuchukov and Ian Hancock give readers the insider's perspective to this fascinating group of people. The Romani authors explain why "Gypsy" is a scornful name, and why they prefer to be called Romanies, as they call themselves. They enlighten readers to Romani traditions, such as those surrounding weddings, the arrival of a baby, and the death of a family member. Readers learn how the Romani work to keep their language and traditions alive while living in cities and towns just like the rest of us. With precision and grace, this book gives readers a glimpse into the lives lived by the Romani in the past and present, helping us to understand and appreciate this distinctive culture.
 

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Hristo Kyuchukov is a leading figure in the advancement of human rights for Romani children. He teaches at the University of Veliko, Tarnovo, and lives in Sophia, Bulgaria. He is also the author of My Name Was Hussein. Ian Hancock is director of The Romani Archives and Documentation Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He was Ambassador for the Romani people to the United Nations, and in 1998 was appointed by President Clinton as the sole Romani member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Hristo is a leading figure in the advancement of human rights for Romani children. He works at the Institute for Educational Policy in Budapest, Hungary, where he is an education fellow. He has also taught at a university in Bulgaria. He has a Ph.D. in linguistics as well as a Ph.D. in education. Who am I? "I am a small child in a big body.
 
Published September 1, 2005 by Boyds Mills Press. 32 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books.

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Writing in a collective personal voice, Kyuchukov and the director of a Romani research center offer brief comments on their people’s history, customs and culture.

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