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Maria Rave, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall


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From the Collection:

Maine Folklife Center and the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine proposed to study and present the ways that immigrants in central and eastern Maine connect themselves with their ethnicity.


  • Creation: February to June 2005


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From the Collection: 16 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


NA3722 Maria Rave, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, April 1, 2005, at Thistles Restaurant, Bangor, Maine. Rave talks about being born in Colombia; coming to Ellsworth in 1985; moving to Bangor around 2001; being part owner of Thistles Restaurant; having two sons; language barrier at first in Maine; speaks Spanish and English; university education; difficult for younger son Santiago to adjust to school; sons graduating from Massachusetts College of Art; Santiago lives at home and manages Thistles; many relatives in the U. S.; helped with adjustment to new culture; difficulty finding ingredients for Colombian food at first; beans and plantains; Catholic religion; important personal objects from Colombia; ruined; climate in Colombia; needlework; dancing; tango; husband from Argentina; stories about Colombia; differences in the way of doing things in Colombia and the U. S.; many friends who are foreigners; more Spanish speaking people coming to Bangor last 5 years; celebrate New Year with friends at Thistles; encourages families to speak both English and Spanish; love for family; wants people to know the good things about Colombia; husband Alejandro is international chef who also sings, dances, plays piano. Also included: business card from Thistles Restaurant. Text: 21 pp. transcript, 1 pp. copy of a business card. Recording: mfc_na3722_cd2510_01 48 minutes. Photos: P09301 - P09306.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
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