Category: Norwegian Heritage

Found in translation

Eriksen Translations Inc. celebrates 30 years of language Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Human communication is something we spend almost all of our waking hours doing, or at least trying to do. Even between those...

Across the sea

An interview with champion rower Frank Samuelsen’s great-niece, Sonja Nerjes Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1896, Norwegian-American rowers George Harbo and Gabriel “Frank” Samuelsen ventured across the Atlantic in a rowboat, ending their voyage...

The evil north: Vardø’s witch trials

Jill Beatty Daughters of Norway In medieval literature prior to Christianity, supernatural powers were an accepted fact. The practice of magic, changing shapes, flying, and spells to control the elements and conjure up the...

“The Great Lutefisk Mystery,” solved

The nutritional reasoning behind Norway’s most famous (or infamous) food explained Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska Though Norwegian Americans practically define who they are through the eating of lutefisk during the Christmas season, I have...

From mythic memories to tree ornaments

The ancient julebukk lives on in contemporary Norwegian celebrations Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles One of the many time-honored elements that are brought to life—or at least out of storage—at Christmas in Norway is...

Here and there: Third time lucky

David Burke Skoppum, Norway Many of you may know a Norwegian who has moved to America, but how many know an American who has settled in Norway? According to Statistics Norway, just 7,450 Americans...