THE ROMANI PEOPLE of Canada have been met with both fascination and suspicion.
Dressed in colourful costumes, women danced, told fortunes, sold herbs, and worked as midwifes. Men made and sold copper utensils and furniture. Gypsies must have been a rare source of entertainment in frontier towns like Kamloops.
Historical entries of the Roma are brief says Professor Cynthia Levine-Rasky, author of Writing the Roma:
“In historical almanacs, most encounters are discussed only fleetingly, such as the report of the “Gypsy show put on in Kamloops in 1898, or in description of visitors who dressed ’like Gypsies,’ or in the numerous sightings of nearby campsites (Canada’s History Magazine, June/July 2018).”
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.