These photos were taken at the National Museum of Greenland.
Most items excavated during the long history of archeological exploration on this island had been removed to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. As the Island of Greenland has been culturally developing, compromises have been struck that have allowed many of the items taken to Copenhagen to be returned.
One of these developments is the National Museum of Greenland. It has a superb archive section as well as wonderful exhibit areas.
Danish Museum number 10580, commonly known as the Greenland Gown, was one of these returned items.
I will not be showing any photos of this item at this time, nor of the small bits of textile. As of yet, I have not finished my examination of them and they will be included in an upcoming piece of research.
In this batch of photos you will find many items that were included in Woven Into The Earth (WIE) by Else Ostergard. I will try to identify them and the page number as I present each photo.
Needles of various sizes, needle/awl sharpeners, awls (or stilettos), and weaving pins. More information, WIE (Ostergard) Pg. 111-11
As the rush slows down, and all of the pieces finally start falling into place, I am finally able to start pulling together the information I have been gathering as part of the process to take this research trip.
Here is a list of some of the Museum visits we have planned while we visit Greenland, Iceland, and Norway:
- The National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavic, Iceland.The tools used to process the wool and make the fabric as well as the culture that led to the use of the fabric as currency.
- The Abaer Open Air Museum, Reykjavic. A recreation of a typical Icelandic village and farm from the early period of the country. This is an open air museum consisting of 20 buildings. Entry is encouraged into all of the buildings to get a feel for life at that time.
- The Viking Ship Museum, Located at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway., it is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and the Borre mound cemetery.
This is just what is currently planned as I try to work out an itinerary for a trip to someplace 3,500 miles away from home! I am sure we will be hitting other museums and archives as we find them. I know that Greenland has an awesome archive, and that in Reykjavic Iceland there is a wonderful manuscript museum. I am seriously contemplating a journey through those as well.
So, we are now counting down to the day of departure. We are fifteen days out and the excitement is building as the packing and list checking begins in earnest.
Thank you all for joining me on this journey.