Vikings in America, before Columbus!

August 5, 2009

Homeland Defense in the 9th and 10th century European settlements in America - Aardvarchaeology

Homeland Defense in the 9th and 10th century European settlements in America - Aardvarchaeology

Re-enactors in Canada bring alive two periods of Swedish immigration to the Americas, the Viking experiments of the 9th and 10th centuries, and later, in the 19th century.

Story at Aardvarchaeology.

From Aard regular Christina Reid (she started commenting less than a week after the blog opened, bless her heart!), a few pictures from Mid-summer Eve at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia. Tina and her hubby are active in the Reik Félag reenactment group. And her brother is the singer of Viking/Tolkienian metallers Amon Amarth!

How do Canadian public school curricula treat these events?  They are all but completely missing from the normal world history and U.S. history texts we use in Texas — of course, the U.S. history texts generally ignore the other two nations of North America in all contexts.

The town I mostly grew up in, Pleasant Grove, Utah, had been settled in large part by Scandanavians who had joined Mormonism and then migrated to Utah.  Generally looked down upon by English descendants, they rebelled by voting our high school’s mascot as Vikings.  The Christiansens, Fugals, Christesons, Larssons, Andersons, Andersens and others probably would have  enjoyed the idea of a Viking re-enactment.

Those wily Canadians figure out so many ways to have fun and hide learning in the activity.

Young Viking couple in Canada, 9th or 10th century, or 21st century reenactors - image at Aardvarchaeology

Young Viking couple in Canada, 9th or 10th century, or 21st century reenactors - image at Aardvarchaeology


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