Playing in the Viking Age
The Vikings of North America reenactment organization was formed to share knowledge of these amazing explorers and to fairly represent the peoples we collectively refer to as Vikings. We cultivate all the skills needed to survive in the Viking era and we share what we have learned freely with anyone interested. Our goal is to educate ourselves and others about the challenges these explorers and settlers faced and about the historical realities of life in the Viking age.
IN RECENT YEARS, THE EVIDENCE FOR THE PRESENCE OF SCANDINAVIAN EXPLORERS IN NORTH AMERICA BEFORE 1000 A.D. SEEMS TO GROW EVERY MONTH. WE HAVE LONG-HOUSE FOUNDATIONS AT L'ANSE AUX MEADOWS AND TOOLS FOR SPINNING WOOL AT A TIME WHEN NATIVE AMERICANS WORE ONLY ANIMAL SKINS. WE HAVE COPPER-ALLOY BOAT RIVETS WHEN THE NATIVE CULTURES WERE ONLY WORKING WITH STONE AND BONE. THE KENSINGTON "RUNESTONE" GOES IN AND OUT OF FAVOR BUT THERE ARE LATELY OTHER INDICATIONS THAT SCANDINAVIANS EXPLORED AND TRADED DEEP INTO THIS CONTINENT.