Nets of Memory (Líonta na Cuimhne): Islander Mediations of Remembrance and Belonging

Author(s): Ian Kuijt; William Donaruma

Year: 2018


Migration is, above all else, a dissociative event that fundamentally challenges an individuals sense of home and identity. To a 19th century Irish islander living in America, a fishing net was not just an economic tool, or object, or asset; rather it provided a point of entry into the emotional landscape of memory, belonging, and place. Emigrates from rural settings traveled to America to establish better lives for themselves, their relatives, and their future offspring, often in new and very challenging urban settings.  Combining oral history, folklore and documentary records, the film Nets of Memory (Líonta na Cuimhne)explores how 19th to 21th century Islanders from County Galway, Ireland, continued to make fishing nets when they moved to America.  Nets of Memory helps us understand how islanders create frameworks of memory and dealt with moving to America.  

Cite this Record

Nets of Memory (Líonta na Cuimhne): Islander Mediations of Remembrance and Belonging. Ian Kuijt, William Donaruma. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441365)


Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1044