Kari Tauring is a Minneapolis based Nordic folk musician, dancer, and storyteller. She is a volva in Old Norse, she “carries the staff” of spiritual tradition within the folkway of her Nordic ancestry through performance, education, and authorship.

Alt for Norge (tvnorge 2010) Kari brought her unique brand of Norwegian Minnesotan to Norway for the first time on Norway’s favorite reality show, Alt for Norge (everything for Norway). Fans call her kjæreKari med staven, dear Kari with the staff, based on her rendition of the popular old song, “Kjærringe med staven.” Her version was used in advertising for subsequent seasons!

Here is her Audition Video recorded in 2008. Filming was in 2009.

Volva Stav is her original mind/body/spirit practice. Along with stav and tein (staff and stick), runes and runos permeate her work spiritually and musically and inspire her curriculum in Nordic Roots Dance.

Kari Tauring grew up in Minnesota with summers spent with extended family in Wisconsin.

She carries the cultural traditions of her Nordic heritage in story, song, and dance and is called a staff carrier (völva in Old Norse), a culture bearing woman like those preserved in the art, poetry and folksongs that Kari loves to sing and dance. She combines deep scholarship and personal practice to create new interpretations of what it means to be Nordic for performance, in teaching, and in her writing and musical recordings. Called “innovative folk” music, Tauring gives modern relevance to the ancient poems and songs that inspire her.

Formal Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts Double Major English and Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul – 1989
  • Master of Arts in Education, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul – 1996
  • Ordained – Church of Spiritual Humanism, September 2007


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