A First-person living history program in song and saga about Gudrid the Wanderer, the first Viking woman to reach the New World. Where was Leif Ericsson’s fabled Vinland?What did the New World look like to the explorers of a thousand years ago? Relive the saga of Gudrid Thorbjørnsdottír, sister-in law of Leif Eiriksson, wife of Icelandic merchant Thorfinn Karlsefni, and colonist of Vinland theGood. This enthralling retelling of traditional Icelandic saga in song skilfully interweaves Icelandic sagas with medieval
poetry and Scandinavian music in the oral tradition. Celebrate the second millennium of adventurous women with a uniquely North American perspective on Norse exploration of the New World. Lynn Noel has a voice of striking clarity and power, enthralling stage presence, and a captivating storyteller’s style that brings history to life.
Parent/Teacher Conference Day program! A storytelling presentation about the great circles of life—the basis for a balanced, sustainable existence with Earth. Michael shares stories from traditional cultures found throughout the world—including Africa,
Europe, North America, Central America and more. Using a wide range of entertaining voices and expressions, Caduto creates a host of humorous and dramatic animals and human characters. The audience is invited to accompany the songs, chants, native instruments and dance.
MICHAEL J. CADUTO, the author of twenty books, is an internationally recognized leader in natural history, environmental education, and cultural diversity.
Best for ages 5 and up.
Latham Library’s annual Holiday Book Sale happens on the same day as the Holiday Craft Fair at Thetford Academy. Come shop our great selection of new, lightly used, and vintage books for adults and children, movies on DVD, music and audiobooks on CD, puzzles and games, and more! Great prices at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers and half price for children’s books (special items are priced higher). From 1:00-3:00 there will be a bag sale: $5/bag for regularly priced books (does not include specially priced books, DVDs, and audiobooks).
Thetford author Dean Whitlock reads from his new young adult fantasy novel, The Arrow Rune! Signed books will be for sale.
Ed Lewis is sick of being dragged to Medieval Faires, sick of helping his uncle make bows, of minding the store, of translating his mute mother’s sign language as she reads runes for the faire-goers. Only one thing makes him come this time, a chance to impress a certain young woman by winning the archery tournament. Then he discovers an ancient, rune-marked arrowhead tucked in his bedroll. Embarrassed by losing the tournament, he buries himself in making an arrow for his find. What he creates is a gate-key to another world locked in battle between his mother’s people and a Briton war chief and druid witch. It’s the world where his father was lost, where mad harpers pluck illusions from their tunes, and Beowulf’s saga is fresh and real. Facing magic and war, Ed finds that skill, wit, friendship, and a healthy dose of fear will solve riddles that reveal the true nature of life and death.
Thetford author Maurice Crandall reads from his new book, These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598-1912
Spanning three hundred years and the colonial regimes of Spain, Mexico, and the United States, Maurice S. Crandall’s sweeping history of Native American political rights in what is now New Mexico, Arizona, and Sonora demonstrates how Indigenous communities implemented, subverted, rejected, and indigenized colonial ideologies of democracy, both to accommodate and to oppose colonial power.
Focusing on four groups–Pueblos in New Mexico, Hopis in northern Arizona, and Tohono O’odhams and Yaquis in Arizona/Sonora–Crandall reveals the ways Indigenous peoples absorbed and adapted colonially imposed forms of politics to exercise sovereignty based on localized political, economic, and social needs. Using sources that include oral histories and multinational archives, this book allows us to compare Spanish, Mexican, and American conceptions of Indian citizenship, and adds to our understanding of the centuries-long struggle of Indigenous groups to assert their sovereignty in the face of settler colonial rule.
Maurice S. Crandall (Yavapai-Apache Nation) is assistant professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College.