Special Event, L'Anse aux Meadows, NHSC
L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, NF, July 2012
In 2012, DARC returned to L'Anse aux Meadows with the help of sponsorship from the Norweigan consulate. Apart from strengthening the interpretive presence in the longhouse and surrounding area, DARC again provided a series of lectures for visitors. We even provided some neighbourly assistance to Norstead as Thorgeir helped restore their pole lathe, and others visited to share knowledge. Other projects included an experimental open pit firing of pottery, and a series of hikes in search of sources of bog ore.
The presentation included hundreds of detailed replicas of period objects:
domestic goods, cooking equipment, simple textile tools, woodworking tools,
basic blacksmithing equipment, weapons, storage, and more. 17 members of DARC spent 10 days demonstrating
a number of activities at various stations in conjunction with the parks staff.
On most days the first station a visitor would see was the domestic activities. When weather allowed
this was set up around an open air fire just inside the gate, otherwise it moved into the small dwelling house.
Around this fire Jorunn and her thrall Kadja made our daily lunches: soups, breads, cheeses. Dishes and laundry
were washed as well.
|Kadja teaches Luta||Kadja interviewed by CBC||Kadja cooking|
Across the path the tourist would have come across Ragnarr's trading tent. Here a visitor would be
regaled with tales of far away places and the exotic materials collected for sale to discerning customers. Iron;
worked iron in the form of hinges, arrrow heads; beads, necklaces; fabrics; and more. A visitor could also
engage in a game of hnefatafl, or discuss navigation techniques.
|Ragnarr's wares||Ragnarr bargaining||Local mussels||Luta and Ragnarr playing|
|Luta playing||Inspecting the goods|
Continuing on to the woodworking station Thorgeir, Grimbold, and Rig could be seen turning bowls on the spring
pole lathe; or working on a piece for the faering being repaired onsite. Some lucky visitors would hear tales of the
home country from Rig.
|Grimbold teaches carving||Grimbold drilling bone||Thorgeir prepares a bowl||Rig interviewed by CBC|
|Thorgeir smooths a bowl||Rig teaches runes||Emundr whittling||Grimbold carving|
|Emundr dozes||Thorgeir takes a break||Rig takes a break||Thorgeir|
From here a visitor would proceed into the main hall to meet with staff from Parks Canada who would tell them
stories of Leif's arrival and the building of the hall.
The next stop for many visitors was Gudrun's loom and a discussion of the types of weaving, the effort
required to prepare fleece and spin it to prepare to weave.
Proceeding further in a visitor would need Auðr and Kaðlín for a discussion of net making, spinning, and
naalbinding and a chance to try each of those skills. Tablet weaving was a specialty of Hrobjartr.
|Jorunn working a tunic||Katla preparing||Emma and Katla||Æsa finishing hat|
|Auðr makes a bow string||Jorunn shows mittens||Kaðlín skeins||Hrobjartr, Æsa and Thora|
|Hrobjartr prepares to warp||Auðr makes a net||Æsa naalbinding||Warping the loom|
|Gudrun ties weights||Dye vat||Dye results||Jorunn|
|Gudrun weaving||Kaðlín spins||Kadja teaches braiding||Kaðlín naalbinds|
|Gudrun and Luta||Warped!|
Outside in the back a visitor would find Ketill working the forge.
Some additional unplanned activities occurred.
|Vikings on Vacation||Ketill demonstrates coopering||Ketill putting up a tent||Ketill putting up a tent|
|Katla carries water||Kadja teaches Katla||Keiran and Katla play||Keiran takes a break|
|Kids playing||Æsa juggling||Norse juggling||Bathtime!|
There were also local expeditions to collect raw materials and samples.
|Hunting ore samples||Collecting local clay|
At the end of the day's work some odd juxtapositions tended to occur.