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Thingvellir Archaeologist Margret Hallmundsdottir on Iceland's Heritage

Can some of the world's toughest people also be the best story-tellers? In a revealing Q&A, meet Icelandic archaeologist Margret Hallmundsdottir, who gives us a window into Iceland as a country, and into our shared human condition--that we are all shaped by our cultural landscapes. Margret offers insight into the character of Icelanders, and history lessons on Iceland's epic sagas that depict historical events from the Viking Age; Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site where the country's forms of government and religion evolved; a day in the life of an archaeologist.

Thingvellir Archaeologist Margret Hallmundsdottir on Iceland's Heritage

Johan Knutsson, Swedish folk art exhibition at Stockholm’s Nordic Museum

Meet Johan Knutsson, the curator of the Swedish folk art exhibition at the Nordic Museum. The display highlights the importance of the rural craftsmen in Swedish folklore and shows viewers the inspiration that these art works have on today's society. 'Kurbits' are a whimsical stylized flower motif distinctive to Swedish folk art and a prized skill today! Discover the importance of the human shape within the art and find out why the exhibition pieces are so heavily influenced by religious motifs.

Johan Knutsson, Swedish folk art exhibition at Stockholm’s Nordic Museum

The Dala Horse and Swedish Identity

How does folk art embody a culture's history and identity? Scandinavia's Dala Horse offers some insight into how a mode of survival becomes a beloved symbol of a country's ideals and values. Since the Stone-Age, horses have been high valued possessions in Scandinavia and were the difference between life or death throughout the region's roadless plains. Take a ride with BCD through the history of the Dala Horse & meet the artisans keeping this beloved custom alive!

The Dala Horse and Swedish Identity