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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2016:
Symposium on Viking/Norse and American Indian Integration
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM
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Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM (CDT)
Library & Research Center (Missouri History Museum)
225 South Skinker Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105
The Viking Club, Lenape Indian organizations, and the Scandinavian organizations in St. Louis, are hosting a joint symposium at the Missouri History Museum to discuss the merging of the Viking / Norse and Native American cultures for several hundred years. We will attempt to clarify many of the historical issues inadequately presented to younger generations of Americans.
Some of the unresolved issues to be discussed are the following:
1. How much did the Vatican know about Viking maps and journals covering the New World? Why has this information been suppressed and by whom?
2. Did, Columbus, in fact, spend nine months in Iceland prior to leaving for the New World?
3. What specific Native American groups were impacted linguistically and culturally by the Norse, and to what extent?
4. What has DNA and historical research revealed about the travel routes of Native Americans and Viking/Norse settlers?
5. Were the Narragansett "Christian" Indians evangelized by Norse Catholics or later Marovian priests?
6. Is there any evidence, besides the Vatican chronicles, that the Norse priest, Erik Gnuppson aka Upse and Gnupson, made it as far as Mexico to the Mayans? Erik Gnupsson or Eirkr Gnpsson, also known as Henricus (late 11th to early 12th centuries), was born in Iceland. He became a clergyman and later was appointed the Bishop of Greenland, residing at Garar. He is considered as the first bishop of America, appointed during Paschal II's reign, nearly four centuries before Columbus' first voyage across the Atlantic, as Gnupsson was given the province of Greenland and Vinland, the latter believed to refer to what is now Newfoundland.
7. Are the burial mounds, spiritual practices, and palisades at Cahokia in any way culturally related to similar practices of the Vikings and Mandan Indians?
8. Can any American Indian group identify the specific names of North American Indians mentioned in the Greenland and other Icelancid sagas?
9. How many Vikings emigrated from Greenland and how many of their descendants assimilated with Native Americans (Ann Stine said 40,000)?
The understanding, empathy, and mutual appreciation of other cultures makes us all better humans. The Missouri History Museum facilitates public examination of the past to engender mutual appreciation of differing points of view, discovery of shared meaning and truth which binds us together. We hope you can visit the symposium and share these values.
Viking Club of St. Louis and Native American Indian Organizations
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Thanks to everyone for continuing to help our Danish Club grow and provide activities for the future. Any questions, call 314-968-2785.
Ermalynn, Linda, Bonnie, Eric, Gigi, Bob, Erik, Sharon, Steve
Our Planning and Events team have been very busy coordinating events and ideas for get-togethers, culture, movie and trivia events both at Bethany and around town. The next time you are able to see us, please know that we are working hard behind the scenes to make The Danish Club the best that it can be!
Every year, we have a number of regular events scheduled and are always looking for new ideas. See what we have planned so far here!
Our rich culture includes foods that have been passed down through generations, and through the millenia that Denmark has shared its history with the rest of Scandinavia and Europe. Open-faced sandwiches, herrings, Danish Havarti, and our famous "Rød Grød med Fløde" are only a few delicious items to try. Have a look and enjoy some Danish cooking today!
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