We welcome and are happy to showcase the following educators at this our 7th Winternights Festival.
Svinfylkin Tribe – Members of the Svinfylkin Tribe will be participating as educators both through a formal lecture at a given time and informally during the day as we all mingle and chat.
Michael is the Chieftain of the Svinfylkin Tribe. They are a Tribal Heathen group focusing their efforts on education and awareness of the Old Ways of our ancestors. Winternights is a perfect place to do this with others.
To them much of our past has been lost and we must work to put the pieces together again but that rediscovery is part of the adventure. Acquiring knowledge and honing in on skills lost to the general public, building yourself up from within and forging bonds of brotherhood with others that have set forth on a similar path are all steps in creating a bridge to the past and a community for the future.
As to the path they have chosen and will in part be sharing is a focus on Germanic Heathenry which can also be called Asatru. They do not mix the pantheons of different people and try to stay away from incorporating new age spirituality into it. So basically, they try to stay true to the Old Ways of our Germanic ancestors and reconnect with that more primal nature.
As to specific areas they will be decided and firmed up in the festival venue in the coming weeks. Expect though to hear their Chieftain speak to attendees about what it is to really be Heathen and how to function within a tribe. Others may show and speak about the runes. They also will be bringing skills to show such as rune making and perhaps even a blacksmith.
Vinland Longships – a Viking reenactment group that owns Skogar Þrostur (SKO-gar THROW-stur) which means “Blackbird” in Old Norse. It is a a 22 foot Viking Faering (four oared) boat that is based on the faering boat buried with the Gokstad ship in Norway in the 9th century.The reenactors who founded Vinland Longships have organized educational demonstrations on Viking ships and Viking life, crafts and culture for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Norwegian Embassy and the American Swedish Museum, among many others.Vinland Longships costumed reenactors, along with Skogar Þrostur, will bring a selection of reproduction artifacts. They will be happy to explain about them, Vikings, and be answering questions you might have. Having taught docents at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as well as travellling to L’Anse aux Meadows-Canada, St. Petersberg-Russia, and up and down the east coast they are great at educating people about Viking ship construction, navigation and history.
The Adventures of the Skogar Þrostur are documented at http://vinlandlongship.livejournal.com/