'Scottish Highland Games may be fun and entertaining, but if we are to judge them by the standards of historical accuracy and cultural authenticity, they are little more than a sham circus.
People wearing tartan kilts celebrate their Lowland Scottish ancestors who would have looked down on Highlanders for their clothing and language. Dancers – mostly children – do “Highland dancing” under the assumption that the dance form derives from Highland tradition, unaware that almost all of it was invented by 19th and 20th century urbanites projecting stereotypes about Highlanders. Clan societies give overly simplistic solutions ... that distort the histories of the very cultures they are supposed to be promoting.
Those who have had the opportunity and good fortune to explore Scotland’s real Highland heritage – that which is rooted in its native Gaelic language and culture – realize that there is a lot to celebrate that is fun, appealing and informative, but that very little of it is being represented or supported through the mainstream of Scottish heritage in North America.
Most Scottish heritage groups are simply social clubs with tartan window dressing and a splash of whisky tasting...'
Being from an excellent article with real North American interest and Clan Gunn implications.