Author(s): brahim Yavuz YÃKSELSN
One of the sharing and distinguishing characteristics of local Gypsy communities who lives different parts of the world, is they have subsistence strategies, setting on several occupational fields that corresponds with ‘tradesmanship’. Ursari (bear treaders) in Balkans, Kalderari (metal workers) in Roumania, Cambasa (animal traders) in F.Y.R.O.M, Shoshorava (tinner) in Poland, are several examples of common occupational fields and professions with other Gypsy communities from different territorials. Similar examples from Turkey are Demirci (metal workers) Kalayci (tinner), sepetci (basket makers), Canbaz (animal/horse traders), Ayici (bear traders), and certainly Calgici (intrumentalist) as a most sharing profession that related with music making. These names also reflects group identities define by occupational fields among Gypsies.