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Arctic hunting folk on their way across the ice

The forgotten saga

22.11.2018

The saga regarding the settlement of Hordaland started off about 10,000 years ago. Most of this saga has been recorded in writing, not on paper, but on stone and on the earth in the forest and the marshes.

The newly mown hay on the farms at Vangdalsberget tell of the landscape of the scythe

Farmers and Settlements

22.11.2018

From 4,500 to 5,000 years ago most of Hordaland was a landscape of forest, right out to the coast and the islands. With our inner eye we can see old oak trees putting their stamp on the heat-loving deciduous forest.

The steep sloping landscape on Håvra

Cultural Heritage and Cultural Landscapes

18.11.2017

The development which culminated in the great west Norwegian clustered communities in the 18th and 19th centuries, such as we see at Havrå on Osterøy Island, actually first came into being in Viking times, with an incipient division of the farms into smaller units.

Hårteigen

The Landscape

18.11.2017

Fiddler Knut Hamre from Granvin

Folk Music and the Hardanger Fiddle

15.05.2018

It is in Hordaland County that we find the oldest traces of a folk music stemming from our national instrument, the Hardanger fiddle. And it is still this musical tradition which is characteristic of folk music here.

The language is shaped in daily life – out in the great “language laboratory”.

Local Dialects in Hordaland

15.05.2018

Language tells us both about social distance and human contact in many different ways. The dialects show how people who have had connections and dealings with one another throughout the ages, have developed a common language.

The Literary Landscape

15.05.2018

Naturopplevinga hjå lyrikarane våre gjev ofte vår eiga landskapsoppleving ein djupare resonnans-botn, men styrken i naturens krefter kjem også fram, i mektige epos om fjellet og om havet.

Norheimsund

Names in the Landscape

19.05.2018

A tale of man and the environment

Frontalen fra den gamle stavkirken i Ulvik

Church Art – a Message in Pictures

19.05.2018

In the still and dim church interiors of the Middle Ages the performances of belief came to life in the gleam from the wax candles. Here the essential articles of faith were presented, here the church was presented through holy men and holy women and here the events from the Gospels were told: the angels with Maria, the birth of the baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men, the history of the drama of the Passion and the victorious Christ.

This artist’s reconstruction of a Viking woman standing at her loom

The Warp-Weighted Loom- A thousand year tradition in weaving

29.03.2018

The art of spinning, the art of weaving and the art of dyeing wool is knowledge which has been an important resource in the natural household for several thousand years. And the art of weaving still fascinates new generations.

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