Copyright 2012 MJ Munn
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The handsome man in the mack had a warm and weathered gaze that pierced the camera’s lens. The thin crinkles around his eyes and mouth betrayed four decades that culminated in his presence here on this dismal brown plain. And his rugged baritone voice, calling out to speak over the wind, lent authority and credibility to every word:
“The Scottish Highlands are one of a decreasing amount of lands largely unaffected by the march of time. The inhabitants, mostly farmers, are willing members of the 21st century—in technology, in cultural awareness, in education—but there is a heritage that is a vital and unchanging facet of their daily lives. As the 20th century laid waste to the superstitions of the Western world, the new millennium has continued that crusade against what the technological elite has dismissively labeled, Ignorance.
“But here, Gaelic is still spoken by a diminishing number of Scots who consider it their legacy. And investigation of this region, long famous for their legends of the Fair Folk and other fantastic creatures, reveals a persistence of the folklore, implicitly believed in by the Highlanders who share the land with them. The men, women and children of this area live in harmony with the leprechauns and fairies of their forefathers in a mutually beneficial relationship. A relationship that stresses an almost religious environmentalism—caring for and about this lush, green land—above all.