Historic Photos of Icelandic Women from the Daniel Bruun Collection, Danish National Museum

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Iceland Magazine has a wonderful spread of historic photos of Icelandic women in traditional clothing. The photos are from the Daniel Bruun Collection at the Danish National Museum. (Warning: the museum site has a significant number of photos in its online collection—you may be there a while.) The hats are fabulous! This one looks a […]

Doing the Homework

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I fell into a Tumblr discussion yesterday about the need to read as part of developing a spiritual practice. This was a discussion among heathens, so the reading was specifically focused on the sagas and lore, but it applies to any spiritual practice. There are many ways to work with the gods, and for many […]

The Gods of Asgard at Mardi Gras, 1895

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While searching for images of Norse gods, I found the online archives of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in New Orleans. The archive contains the artwork of the Mardi Gras floats designed by Carlotta Bonnecaze, who designed the floats for the Krewe of Proteus for 11 years. Her work is astonishing, given that […]

Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia at the British Museum, London

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I was recently in London for business, and was fortunate to visit the Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia exhibit at the British Museum, organized in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (another place I am hoping to visit in this lifetime). A nomadic people, the Scythians flourished roughly 900 BCE – 200 BCE, […]

Fiber Crafts, Feminism, and Subversion

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Stephanie McCarter’s article “From Penelope to Pussyhats, The Ancient Origins of Feminist Craftivism: On Subversive Uses of Women’s Handicrafts Throughout History” appeared on LitHub a few months ago. As someone who engages in a variety of typically feminine fiber arts (sewing, embroidery, and weaving), the title spoke to me. While I’ve never considered my crafting […]

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