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Bretons

 

a nationality in France, on the Armorican Peninsula. Population, about 1.1 million (1967 estimate). The Breton language survives in everyday speech, mainly among peasants and sailors, while French is the school, administrative, and literary language. The population is Catholic. The Bretons are descendants of the Britons, a Celtic tribe that moved from the British Isles in the fifth and sixth centuries, and of local Romanized Celts. The main occupations are fishing, oyster dredging, navigation, and agriculture.

REFERENCE

Narody zarubezhnoi Evropy, vol. 2. Moscow, 1965.
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If for many Bretons then traditional costume served principally to delimit communal identifications and could in that role be highly mutable, outside admirers of the region tended over time to view it through the prism of an ever more conventionalized "Breton picturesque" as a legible marker of cultural cohesion and continuity.
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In 1460, after nearly fifty years of efforts on the part of the Breton dukes, the University of Nantes was finally founded, creating an avenue of local educational opportunity for young Bretons.
His first winter in Cape Breton was an unforgettable one not only for Caplan but also for his neighbors in the small community of Wreck Cove where he still lives today.
A Breton raised in Paris, he is a multi-instrumentalist who reinvented the Breton harp and has brought the traditional instrument into the digital age.
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Mr Jones said that modern day Bretons are picking up the Welsh language but everything the LTTA do is trilingual - Welsh, English and French - in any case.
Celts in the Americas, edited by Michael Newton, draws together specialists on Celtic ethnolinguistic groups in the Americas to detail how Bretons, Welsh, Scottish Gaels, Irish, and Cornish immigrants created place, community identity, and cultural cohesion through spoken and written language use in diasporic settings (the Manx are not represented: no scholar could be found to discuss the history of Manx immigrants).
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On our Breton cousins, Alun added: "Being in Brittany was an exciting experience as there are so many historical links and community ties between the Welsh and the Bretons.