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TITLE
Highland dancers, Skye Games, Portree
EXTERNAL ID
SLD_182_025
PLACENAME
Portree
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
DATE OF IMAGE
1973
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
Olivia James
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
39470
KEYWORDS
Highland Dancers
dancers
piping
sword dance
dances
highland games
Highland Games arena
pipers
Skye Games
Highland dancers, Skye Games, Portree

Four young dancers attempt the Sword Dance at the Skye Games in Portree, Isle of Skye. Highland Dancing has always been a popular feature of Highland Games, along with Piping, track & field events and, of course, the 'Heavy' events such as 'Tossing the Caber' and 'Tug of War'.

Highland Dancing was originally a male pursuit to allow them to display their strength and athleticism. Indeed, the purpose of the Sword Dance in its original form may have been to demonstrate the power of the victor over a defeated rival using bloodied swords belonging to each of the combatants. Nowadays, the competitions are dominated by young girls displaying their nimbleness and accurate timing as they perform to traditional pipe tunes.


Olivia James
The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.
'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan.


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Highland dancers, Skye Games, Portree

INVERNESS: Portree

1970s

Highland Dancers; dancers; piping; sword dance; dances; highland games; Highland Games arena; pipers; Skye Games

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Olivia James Collection

Four young dancers attempt the Sword Dance at the Skye Games in Portree, Isle of Skye. Highland Dancing has always been a popular feature of Highland Games, along with Piping, track & field events and, of course, the 'Heavy' events such as 'Tossing the Caber' and 'Tug of War'. <br /> <br /> Highland Dancing was originally a male pursuit to allow them to display their strength and athleticism. Indeed, the purpose of the Sword Dance in its original form may have been to demonstrate the power of the victor over a defeated rival using bloodied swords belonging to each of the combatants. Nowadays, the competitions are dominated by young girls displaying their nimbleness and accurate timing as they perform to traditional pipe tunes.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>Olivia James</b><br /> The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.<br /> 'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>