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Fredag i Humaniora

Published: June 30, 2019

On Friday, our Videregående students spent their morning learning about a second national minority group, the "romanifolket," in Norway. We discussed the differences between the Romani and Roma people (language, time period when they arrived in Norway, the original point of origin), then dove into some primary source accounts. Small groups of students learned about the lives of five different Romani people who grew up in Norway during the 20th century and then created timelines to share the stories with each other.

We ended our Humaniora class by taking some time to listen to and learn about "rakripa," the official language of the Romani people in Norway. Students were interested to learn that while the vocabulary has a basis in Urdu and other northern Indian languages, the grammatical structure today follows the Scandinavian patterns of syntax. 

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