THE MOUNTAIN ROMA AS A MULTICUTURAL COMMUNITY OF THE CARPATHIAN BORDERLAND
The article was inspired by the author’s search for ethnic identity. The author focuses on a group of Polish Carpathian Roma as a multicultural community living in the multi-ethnic Carpathia borderland. Her research perspective falls within broadly defined anthropological studies, primarily with regard to various aspects of the life of highland Roma in Poland. The aim of the article is to examine the exclusion and transgression of the Carpathian Roma with regard to the functioning of the group among the Polish Roma communities and Polish highlander communities. The population in question has functioned as poor, solitary, rejected, despised and pushed to the margins of society’s life both by the highlanders and by Roma groups with nomadic traditions. It has experienced a feeling of injustice, misunderstanding, alienation and awareness of the tragedy of its situation.