To Arbëreshë in the Coming Times
On June 12th, Albanian Institute hosted a virtual seminar convening the foremost contemporary scholars of Arbëreshë and Albanalogy, including Prof. Françesko Altimari, Prof. Matteo Mandalà, Prof. Nicola Scaldaferri, and CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski for a discussion on Arbëreshë culture, music, history, migration, heritage, and to encourage a better understanding and appreciation of values and time-honored traditions of the Arbëreshë people.
George Richard Manus, 85 years old, and his brother Ronald Manus, 87 years old (family’s original last name was Minici) are the last living relatives in the family that have memories of the Arbëreshë language and stories, songs, and old passed-down refrains or sayings from their grandparents who were born in Vaccarizzo Albanese, also known as Vakarici, in Calabria, and immigrated to America.
Why this title for my conversation tonight? Firstly, I’ll say that the subtitle, an “anthropological miracle,” is not mine, but rather is how this community had been defined by great Italian intellectual of the 20th century, Pier Paolo Pasolini.