North America – Resources

Organizations & Resource Sites

These are resource sites mostly based in North America.

All Together Nordic – Valorie Arrowsmith (Minnesota) – “Connecting people to Nordic cultures through language, art, music, crafts and dance.”  http://www.valoriearrowsmith.com/

American Nyckelharpa Association (USA) – Very good information and resources. Very good links to other sites  http://www.nyckelharpa.org/

Archives of Traditional Music – Indiana University, Bloomington – They have a large ethnographic sound archive  http://www.indiana.edu/%7Elibarchm/

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Museum and Swedish American resources.  They are also home to the ASI Spelmanslag.   http://www.americanswedishinst.org/ASI/Home.html

Austin Scandinavian Dancing – (Austin, Texas) http://www.austinscandi.org/

Consulate General of Norway (USA) – Also has a lot of other useful information about Norway.   http://www.norway.org/

Consulate General of Sweden (USA) – http://www.swedenabroad.com/

Culture.info –   http://www.culture.info/ A resource for users seeking cultural information on a particular topic such as archives, history, heritage, performing arts, galleries, exhibitions, etc.   For Sweden http://sweden.culture.info/ ForFinland http://finland.culture.info/ For Norway http://norway.culture.info/ For Denmark http://denmark.culture.info/ For Iceland http://iceland.culture.info/

Hardanger Fiddle Association of America (USA) – This group helps promote the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle and the related dances.   They have an annual workshop.  Good resources on their website, including a good selection of recordings.  http://www.hfaa.org/

Karen Myers Scandinavian Folk Music site  (USA) – Good resources.  http://www.bluerose.karenlmyers.org/

Gerry’s Kantele Shop (Duluth, Minnesota) –  http://www.kantele.com/ “A guide for Five and Ten String Kanteles” can be found here http://www.kantele.com/guide.pdf (2.66MB) He also provides a link to “The Kantele Traditions of Finland” by Carl Rahkonen

Minnesota Finnish Pages / Suomi – sivut (Minnesota) – Everything Finnish in Minnesota http://www.minnesotafinnish.org/

Multe Music (USA) – “Exploring the roots, shoots and fruits of Scandinavian and Nordic Traditions.”   http://multemusic.com/

My Space – many musicians are posting their music here. See my Musicians more links page for recommendations.  http://www.myspace.com/

Norden Folk (formerly the Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture) – They serve the upper Midwest Scandinavian community.  http://www.nordenfolk.org/ They have a very resourceful site including a very useful discussion forum called Norden Folk’s Domain http://www.nordenfolk.org/forum/phpBB2/index.php?sid=d048cc0fec7df50b02b76ff21b382e86World Events Calendarhttp://www.nordenfolk.org/WORLDWIDE_EVENTS_LIST.html etc.

Nordic Dancers NW (Bellingham, Washington) Local dancing opportunities. They have a very good list of links. http://www.nordicdancersnw.org/

Nordic Heritage Museum (Seattle, Washington) –  Excellent links to other sites in the States and Scandinavia. The Gordon Tracie Music Library is located here.   http://www.nordicmuseum.org/

Nordic Names (Germany) – Good site for Scandinavian name research.  http://www.nordicnames.de/start.html The meaning of the name ‘Ingevald’ can be found here.  http://www.nordicnames.de/pojk_i/Ingevald.html

Nordic Way – Information about the Scandinavian countries from the magazines Scandinavian Press and Swedish Press  http://www.NordicWay.com/

Nordstjernan – The Swedish Newspaper in America http://www.nordstjernan.com/ They also have a good list of Swedish Language Programs here in the USA listed here http://www.nordstjernan.com/news/education/765/

Northern California Spelmanslag (California) – Very good information and a nice calendar of events happening in the States and abroad. http://www.norcalspelmanslag.org/

Omniglot (England) – Runic and other language information. http://www.omniglot.com/writing/runic.htm

Provinces of Sweden (landskap) and other divisions + Maps – These are historical, cultural and geographic regions.    Wikipedia information is here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_Sweden You can also click on individual provinces for more information.   Additional sites are herehttp://www.algonet.se/~hogman/swe_provinces_info_eng.htm http://www.algonet.se/~hogman/swe_province-county.htm Here is a collection of various map sourceshttp://www.embassyworld.com/maps/Maps_Of_Sweden.html Additional specific maps can be found by doing a Google search for “Karta” and the name of the province.

Scandans  (North Carolina) – Scandinavian Folk Dancers of North Carolina http://www.scandans.com/index.html

Scandia D.C.  (Washington D.C.) – Information about dances and workshops in the local area.   http://www.scandiadc.org/

Scandinavian Fiddling Resources by Carl Rahkonen (USA) – good listing of links.   http://www.people.iup.edu/rahkonen/Fiddling/scandi.htm

Scandinavian music and dance list serve (USA) –   This is a Yahoo list serve group.   A wide range of topics are discussed, although most pertain to Scandinavian music and dance.  http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/scand/

Scandinavian Heritage Foundation – (Portland, Oregon) – http://www.scanheritage.org/default.aspx

Skandia Folkdance Society (Seattle, Washington) – http://www.skandia-folkdance.org/

Scandia New York – http://www.scandiany.org/

Sons of Norway (USA) –  http://www.sofn.com/home/index.jsp

Sound Directions – Loeb Music Library, Harvard University (Archive of World Music) –  http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/loebmusic/aps/sound_directions.cfm

Speledans – Boston’s Scandinavian Dance Group (Boston, Massachusets) – http://ecf-guest.mit.edu/~jc/Speledans.html

Swedish Council of America (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Umbrella organization supporting groups and activities in the States.   They also have a grant program.   http://www.swedishcouncil.org/

Swedish Club of Houston (Houston, Texas) –   http://www.swedishclub.org/index.htm Also a page of links:  http://www.swedishclub.org/links.htm

Twin Cities Scandinavian Music and Dance (Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota) – A very good resource site for events.     http://www.tcscandinavian.org/links.html

Vesterheim – Norwegian American Museum (Decorah, Iowa) – This is an excellent museum with many useful resources.  http://vesterheim.org/index.php

YouTube (USA) – Now, a good source of Scandinavian music and dance.  See my video samples page for recommendations.    http://www.youtube.com


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