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November 2017

Nordic Roots at Norway House – November

November 25, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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$20

November 25th - Thanksgiving and Gifting in Norse tradition The rune Jera is harvest and also a name of the Earth goddess who was the mother of Thor. Gifu is the rune of reciprocity and balance in relationships. These are the keys to agriculturally based ancestor ways. It is also important to understand that as immigrants and settlers to this land, our thanks to indigenous peoples must, necessarily, run deep and gain expression. In Old Norse, this is called shild.…

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December 2017

Nordic Julemarket

December 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Utepils, 225 Thomas Ave N # 700
Minneapolis, MN 55405 United States
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Free

Join us for local Scandinavian Folk Dance and Music, a host of local artists and crafters, and have a locally brewed beer while you are at it! Kari will be performing some of her Yuletide Celebration classics, teaching a few traditional dance steps, and leading young and old in the songs and dances of the season from all over the Nordic lands. Joined by many of her favorite musicians, this will be a true celebration of Winter. While not singing…

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January 2018

Nordic Women’s Winter Retreat

January 27 - January 28
Danish American Center, 3030 W River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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$60

The Volva Stav Guild is excited to host this year's Winter Retreat on January 27 and 28, 2018. Registration information is at the bottom of the page. Here is the basic schedule: Saturday 10 am - 7 pm Registration starts at 9am. Welcome Ceremony 10 am. We will provide sandwich making supplies for lunch. Bring extras to share (chips, fruit, veg sticks etc.) Coffee and tea provided. Presentations: "Frigg and her Handmaidens" by Bethany Jacobson and Amanda Lonsdorf "Nålbinding and…

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February 2018

Welcome to the North

February 3 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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Free

Super Bowl Weekend in Minneapolis! Ancient Nordic people had formal and meaningful ways to host others that carry into today. Please join us for an exciting weekend of free, family-friendly fun as we celebrate Midwinter in Minnesota and American Football in true Nordic style - Outside! Ice Bar with traditional Nordic drinks (sponsored by Borton Overseas), local market-style shopping featuring a variety of traditional wares and crafts, tasty food and snacks, and performances and activities by Kari Tauring on the…

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Dark Moon – Pearl Moon

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis , MN 55408 United States
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$10 - $12

Runic poets Kari Tauring and Lynette Reini Grandell ponder February - called Helmikuu (Pearl Moon) in Finland. Their poetry gathers the agitation and pain of cultural constriction, scarcity, and darkness. Their chants pour the balm of healing like the milk of the pearl. According to the Roman calendar, there is no full moon in Helmikuu, only the shadow where the moon should be. Dive into the darkness and build the pearl of light within your heart this February.

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Klippe Sauen: Wool Work in Old Norse Tradition

February 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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$20

Sheep and goats were brought into Norway during the Scandinavian Bronze Age (circa 1500 BCE) and completely changed the culture bringing the arts of spinning, weaving, and fulling into the center of society. These tasks were mostly done by women using drop spindles and warp weighted looms. There would have been no Viking era without women and sheep as each sail on a typical ship took a minimum of 1,000 fleeces that needed to be clipped, spun, woven, and fulled!…

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Urban Expedition: Iceland!

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., Suite 404
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
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Free

I am honored to join Tala Íslensku (Icelandic Language Class) and the Hekla Club (Icelandic Culture Club) in celebrating Icelandic heritage at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, MN. As a scholar of the runic alphabet and Old Norse Eddas, Sagas, myths and cosmology, my studies necessarily lead me to Iceland where the oldest roots of this pre-Christian heritage are preserved and honored. There will be a focus on wool work and textiles and costumes and fashions from ancient times to today.…

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March 2018

Sap Rising in the World Tree

March 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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$20

In Old Norse Mythology the universe is held together by a giant tree. It is called by many names throughout the Icelandic Edda poems: mjötvið (tree of great measure) and yggdrasil (terrible steed) are the first two names that are mentioned in the Voluspa, the first poem in the Eddas. Nine different worlds are held together by the tree and many creatures live in and between those worlds from the roots to the branches. Humans are related to trees as women were…

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Paganicon 2018

March 16 - March 18
DoubleTree Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
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Paganicon is a Pagan conference offering workshops, panels, discussions, social space, music, a ball, vendors, taking place from Friday through Sunday, March 16 - 18, 2018. Paganicon is organized by Twin Cities Pagan Pride and a host of volunteers to provide an educational and social venue for Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens, Druids and people of other folk, craft, indigenous or magickal traditions. Discover programming items that challenge you to think in new ways, make new connections, and renew or inspire your…

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April 2018

Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Music in the Upper Midwest

April 12 - April 14
University of Wisconsin Madison, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This year, the World Records Symposium is welcoming musicians, folklorists, historians, community members, and plenty more from throughout the Upper Midwest and the Nordic countries to Madison. We’ll be exploring the documentation and revitalization efforts of Scandinavian musical traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. From April 12–14, the Mayrent Institute and Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest will be hosting several roundtable discussions with artists and academics, two nights of concerts with musicians from Scandinavia and Scandinavian…

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