Pite Sámi Wheel of the Year

For some time now, I have been asked how our calendar correlates to neo-wiccan, neo-pagan, reconstructionist, and modern-day calendars.  It’s difficult to correlate some of the neo calendars, because they are based largely on a Gregorian calendar, which is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who,…

Appropriation vs Dissemination

In the work that I do throughout the world, I find myself in many neo-pagan/wiccan circles and groups.  Among these groups, I see considerable appropriation of indigenous peoples customs and languages into what they do.  It’s rampant.  The amount of white people that I…

Day of the Sámi People

Poulsbo, WA – On December 1, 2018, I petitioned the Mayor of the City of Poulsbo to make a proclamation that February 6th be named the Day of the Sámi People in the city. Poulsbo proudly calls itself Viking City, and takes great measures…

Norway – The Colonial Power

Imagine this. Close to a small lake, there is a little building. It has stood there for 120 years – ever since your ancestors, who lived off fishing and foraging, built it. Your grandmother brings you to this place to pass your people’s traditions…

Germanic Feathers

Since time immemorial and throughout Roman and Christian empire expansion between the 2nd Century BC and the 12th Century CE into Germania, many Germanic and Celtic Tribes wore feathers (not horns) of sacred and revered birds into battle, and these feathers symbolized their prowess,…

Germanic Law

In Germanic Tribal Law, which could vary from tribe to tribe, and as with all cultures, evolved over millenia, was largely based on a compensation practice around the first century. The majority of crimes, including murder, were settled through compensation for damages, and it…

Interpretatio Christiana

Interpretatio christiana – adapting non-christian elements of culture and historical facts into the worldview of Christianity. Conversions were easier if people were allowed to retain the outward forms of their traditions while changing the object of their veneration to the Christian god. Change calendars,…

Massacre of Verden

Verden an der Aller. A town of just over twenty six thousand people today, located in Lower Saxony, Germany, on the Aller river, has been the site of many happenings throughout its long history. One of those happenings is known as the Massacre of…

Teutonic Fury

Barbarian – a person in a savage, primitive state; indigenous; uncivilized person; a person without culture, refinement, or education; a non-Greek; a person living outside, especially north of, the Roman Empire; a person not living in a Christian country or within a Christian civilization….

Sacred Groves of Germania

The Germanic Tribes, since time immemorial, hold forests, groves, and sometimes, individual trees, as sacred places. Conducting rituals, holding gatherings in these places, and at times, thousands of people from the regional Tribes come together, and hold a Ding (þing, assembly of chieftains and…