Author: Eric Stavney

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Eric Stavney is a graduate of the University of Washington Department of Scandinavian Studies and hosts the interviews and music podcast “Nordic on Tap” at

The wisdom on the North

Legendary Sámi singer and activist, Mari Boine, recently finished a U.S. tour. Eric Stavney was able to interview her via Skype before her Seattle concert.


Yell with Ronia

Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter is a coming-of-age story written in 1981, 36 years after Astrid Lindgren launched her popular Pippi Longstocking books.

The Vikings Begin

Where did the Vikings come from?

As you step into the Nordic Museum’s exhibit rooms of The Vikings Begin, you leave the dramatic, well-lit “fjord” hallway and are plunged into darkness. This fits the notion that much about the Vikings is shrouded in mystery, especially where they came from…