I first launched KariTauring.com in 1999 to chronicle my studies, research, and presentations in Discovering Origins and Building Traditions.
and this is the 2023 version!
I am a Nordic root musician, dancer, and community leader in living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I live in Bdote, sacred lands of the Dakota. I consider myself a guest on this land, and try to be a good guest.
Growing up in a Norwegian American family I began studying ancient runes, poetry, archeology, and art in 1989. This deep dive into my Nordic roots inspired a life long passion and full time career as a touring performer, author, and educator.
I developed a unique spiritual system called Völva Stav. Nordic ways of setting boundaries, communication, embodiment of the world tree, and the use of staff and stick for rhythm, chant, and journey are all part of it. Völva Stav
I have four Nordic Roots musical recordings and two books, The Runes: A Deeper Journey and a poetry book, The Day Begins at Sunset. All are available through Omnium Records.
My most recent adventure in exploring Iron Age Music was an apprenticeship funded by Viking Connections. I studied bone flutes in Denmark and willow flutes in Norway (June 2023).
More About Me
I always identified with my Norwegian culture and was outraged when in junior high I was told to check the box - white. As an artist, it was one of many "identity crisis" I have experienced in my long life. The most important thing my performance, teaching, and spiritual guidance does is examine the narratives of what it means to be of European descent here in the United States.
There is a term in Old Norse, öorlog, meaning all of the past precedence of our ancestors. Not just genetic and epigenetic material, but ideas, choices, actions and inactions are included in this öorlog we all hold. The deeper down the root we can go, the more knowlege there is about our öorlog, with knowlege comes choice. We can choose to spin the same thing or we can choose to spin something else. We can repeat old narratives or we can push them into new ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us.