I watched an eclectic St. Patrick's Day Parade in Salt Lake City. Eclectic because most of the marching bands were bagpipes, there were several brigades of cars (Mini Coopers etc) plenty of Shriners, Civil War groups Union and Confederate, Harley riders and one transvestite on roller skates. Interestingly there were many beer truck flotillas and Irish bars represented. I'll come back to that.
One guy with an IRA t-shirt walked by me in the crowd and I yelled “murderer, murderer” but he didn't stop.
Starting in 200 BCE, a small group of Etrusco-Romans grew large and powerful enough, over several centuries, to attack and dominate most of the Celts and drove the remaining Celts to the far Northern parts of Albion.
Similarly, starting in 1600, a small group of English speaking-Vikings grew large enough and powerful enough to dominate most of the North American natives and drive the rest to the Northern reaches of the American continent.
Both groups that were defeated and driven North seem to have a great affection for alcohol. The Celts are certainly different in their celebration of alcohol than the Chinese who don't celebrate bars in the Chinese New Year's Parade. The same would be true for Japanese, Turks, Indians and Israelis if they had parades.
The more significant common quality of the Celts and the North American natives was their intense tribalism. The story of Vercingetorix is about the last battle of the Celts before being over run by Julius Caesar. Vercingetorix was surrounded at the present day French village of Dijon in 52 BCE by advancing Roman legions from Southern France. Winter arrived and Vercingetorix had the chance to gather reinforcements from all the Celtic tribes from Spain to Switzerland, which he tried to do. Very few tribes would help him. He was defeated in the Spring along with all the remaining Celtic lands.
The same story of tribalism, isolation and poor cooperation defines the battles of the North American natives against the slowly advancing, Westward moving, English speaking population.
I will speculate more in future blogs about the surviving tribalism in the world, from the IRA (who should not be permitted to use R, Republican, in their name; they are anti-republican fascists) to the Arabs.