Language and Legend

Armenia: Cultural Endurance & the Divinely-Inspired Armenian Alphabet Letters

To understand the story of the Armenian writing system and Armenia’s alphabet is to have a glimpse into the heart, soul & identity of its people. One of the world’s ten oldest countries, Armenia has endured despite onslaughts from aggressors and its alphabet may well be the reason why.

Armenia: Cultural Endurance & the Divinely-Inspired Armenian Alphabet Letters

Traditions of Oklahoma's Native American Culture: An Interview with Curator Dr. Dan Swan

Native American culture is rich with symbolism, mysticism, ceremony and creative expression. Dr. Daniel Swan has spent almost four decades immersed in Oklahoma's Native American Culture and has served as Curator of Ethnology of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma since 2007. Dan shares his deep appreciation for traditions such as the peyote religion of the Osage, art of the Native American Church, and explains how oral traditions are being preserved and celebrated through the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair , a program that was honored with the 2017 University Museums and Collections Award from the International Council of Museums.

Traditions of Oklahoma's Native American Culture: An Interview with Curator Dr. Dan Swan

The Beautiful Dark Side of the Third World By Oscar Recinos

La Antigua Guatemala in Central America is filled with stories of mythical dark and horrific creatures that have been passed down every generation. Legends and folklore that feature sinister characters like La Llorona, La Siguanaba, El Sombreron, El Cadejo and La Tatuana. Enjoy this insightful piece written by Oscar Recinos and discover Guatemala's superstitious side while learning about when and where these creatures appear.

The Beautiful Dark Side of the Third World By Oscar Recinos

Irish Ethnographer Dáithí de Mórdha on the Great Blasket Islands

Discover the Great Blasket Islands and their history. Learn about the folk wisdom, religious fusions, literature and ‘the king’. Let BCD's access to and relationships with local people inform your travels & ensure authentic encounters!

Irish Ethnographer Dáithí de Mórdha on the Great Blasket Islands

Iceland’s Culture of Folk Tales

Follow along the 400-mile round trip journey from Reykjavik to Vik and learn why Iceland's folklore is inspired by its gorgeous landscape. Enjoy a virtual visit to the Skogar Folk Museum which chronicles storytelling as a way of life among Icelanders. Experience the mystery and unpredictability of Iceland's weather and landscape, which are recurring themes in the country's folklore. Head for Hekla Volcano & see why ancient legends called it the Gateway to Hell. End your tour with a stop at Thingvellir National Park, home of Iceland's Parliament & site of huge historic significance and natural beauty.

Iceland’s Culture of Folk Tales

The Languages of Scotland: Three Tongues

Beannachdan! You’ve likely heard of Gaelic, but did you know there are three languages of Scotland? Find out more about the linguistic heritage of Scotland and how things are changing fast in Scotland today.

The Languages of Scotland: Three Tongues

Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is located in Edinburgh, Scotland. In this interview with its director, Donald Smith, we discuss the themes of identity and connecting with ourselves, others and the environment.

Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre

Jantes Law: A Countryside Beast Headed for Extinction?

What is Jantes Law? Is the concept of Jante Loven still relevant today in Scandinavian culture and beyond? We chatted to six locals from different countries in the Nordic region to find out how much Jantes Law really matters.

Jantes Law: A Countryside Beast Headed for Extinction?

Cartagena & the Magical Catalyst of Mid-Life

Adventure through the traditional neighborhoods of Cartagena, Colombia, home of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 'Magical Realism' literary genre! Meet local Iliana Restrepo Hernandez, who describes magical realism as when 'daily events are coated with the awe of the unbelievable.' Cartagena's colorful palenqueras in Plaza Santa Domingo are just one example of the city's magic.

Cartagena & the Magical Catalyst of Mid-Life