Highland Travellers have been a distinct part of Scotland's culture, society and economy for centuries. They are a nomadic people who traditionally have lived a very simple existence, passing endlessly between the villages of the settled population and living in primitive bow-tents. On their travels the women would go round the houses selling goods and trinkets. The men were involved in horse-dealing and pearl-fishing. They also did seasonal farmwork.
The Travellers are closely tied to the native Highlanders. Many Traveller families carry clan names like Stewart, MacDonald, Cameron and Macmillan. In Gaelic they are known as the Ceardannan, the craftsmen, or 'Black Tinkers', or poetically as 'the Summer Walkers'. The settled population have always recognised them as a tribe distinct from themselves. Modern lifestyles are, however, making it increasingly difficult for them to continue their nomadic existence.
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