After two weeks of learning language, song, dance and storytelling, another group of young people have a better understanding of the Gaelic culture. The ninth session of Eilean nan Òg, Gaelic for Island of Youth, a 10-student program run in co-operation with Highland Village Museum and led by Mary Jane Lamond, also joined museum staff in hands-on activities of historical rural life in Gaelic Cape Breton such as weaving, spinning, soap making and farming. Local tradition bearers allowed the participants to hear first-hand of the hardships faced by the Gaelic-speaking community, as well as the importance of preserving Cape Breton’s Gaelic culture. As the teens in the unique program gain more skills and confidence in the Gaelic language, the benefits become evident in the youth community. Past participants have become volunteers in local activities, and become more involved in community projects that promote Gaelic language and culture. For more information on Eilean nan Òg, or other programs at Highland Village Museum, call 902-725-2272, or e-mail [email protected] .