Roma Texans

The Gypsies that Came to Texas

Push Factor: Why the Gypsies Left

They immigrated because of the lack of oppertunities at home. With very little paying jobs, no one really had a possibility for a good life. Also, Romania doesn't have the best economy. It couldn't provide for it's people. The education is awful as well. Romanians are warm people, like most latin folks, but they are short of moral ethics and common sence. They feel that in Romania they can't do anything, so they left.

Pull Factor: To Texas We Go!

Texas was a land of opertunity, with all the open space, the jobs, and the adiquit education, and that drew the Romanians there. Texas also wasn't all too strict on beliefs and such so the Roma could continue their culture in peace.

The Romanians Settled in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso

Culture

-Religeons: Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic, Muslim

-Langueges: Romanian, Hungarian, German

-Family: Romanians usually have large families that are spread all over but in times of death, birth, or festivities, come together.

-Homes: The normal Romanians live in cotteges or homes like common folk but Gypsies sometimes move in caravans, being nomads and all.

-Titles: Romanians are very strong about titles and everyone has honorific titles. "Domnul" for the sir and "Doamna" for the ma'am. Only close friends can adress eachother without the titles.

-Etiquette: The Romanian people are very big on manners and usually have a list of rules, more "DO NOT"s than "DO"s. They are also known for being strict and have a very big idea of protocol.

Amazing Roma Texans

Ian F. Hancock- Born by Hungarian Gypsy parents, he moved to Texas in 1972 and became a proffesser at the University of Texas in Austin. He is known as a world authority on the Romanian languege, history, and culture. He has written many books and articles about this invisable culture that are unidentifiable in many parts of Texas.

Joe Evans- He was known as the king of the Evans clan of Fort Worth. He was the sucessor of his mother, Queen Rosa, and took hold of the head in the 700-member family.

By Brianna Lee

GT Social Studies 7

Period 5

Roma Culture

Trivia

-Folklore is a big part in Romanian culture. There are stories of Ielele, Solomonarii, giants, dragons, Călușarii, and Iarba Fiarelor

-Did You Know... the Romanian culture is very supersticious. They believe in the unexpained, invisable forces, be they good or evil.

-The currency in Romania is known as "Lei" and "Lue", which was estimated in 1998 that 8,976 lie was equal to 1 US dollar

-Romanian actually belongs to a family of langueges called Romance. It's decended from Latin, like Itialian, and is the only Romance languege in Europe that creates a linguistic island, cut off from the other Romance langueges

-Many families in the Romanian culture have large families and belong to clans, or tribes, with a king or queen to be the leader. The titles are past down by bloodlines just as royalty.

Analysis

The Romanian culture has been described as "invisable" in many parts of Texas, and even in the U.S. I believe that not many people know much of this group of people who made their way here, some slaves themselves. The Romanians do keep to themselves to presurve their fragile culture, believeing that if they interact with Non-Romanians, they will loose their beliefs. Few schools circulate only Romanian children with is why very few Gypsy children can read or write. Though some Romanians get out there and help with it's state. As I had said earlier, in Texas, there is a Romanian Fesival to share their food, culture, beliefs, clothing, everything. Also Mr. Hancock with his teachings of the Romanian culture, history, and languege.

Texas doesnt show big markings of the Roma Texans but some say that because of te Roma, dancing, singing, and music were intruduced greatly upon the Texians and they brought happiness. And before they outlawed fortune tellings, they brough upon hopes of the future and left their clients giddy to see if it will happen. The immigration wasn't very life changing for the Texans that were there already, but for the immigrants it was. For the Gypsies, they got oppertunties. They got joy. They got hope.

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