KOTOW branches out and emerges into a formative period.
Retracing King Gylfi's mythical journey to Asgard, as told in the ancient Norse story, Gylgaginning leads to evidence of the emergence of metalworking and iconographic traditions of viking-age Scandinavia.
Bear ceremonialism in Circumpolar and Indo-European story-telling and arts traditions.
A unique program applies traditional methods for learning about cultures all over the world. The methods are simple: read and discuss traditional stories.
Nattramn entrances listeners with medieval instrumentation and galdaric chants based on elder futhark runes. Hauntingly hypnotic melodies engender emotional experiences and familiarity with runic characters.
Readers who reviewed Newton's forthcoming translation of the ancient poem, Havamal, agree, the translation retains psycholinguistic information not detectable in other translations and adds insights into Norse literary traditions.
What began as a seed now grows many branches. KOTOW was seeded in an ethos derived from ancestral story-telling traditions and grounded in observations of humanity's relationship with the cosmos. It was nourished by knowledge and watered by meaningful discourse. Now that its roots have taken hold, its branches are taking shape in the form of research, educational and community development programs.
KOTOW applies story-telling and arts practices as learning modalities. The significance of story-telling and arts for transmitting information is widely recognized, but under-supported. Since its inception nearly one year ago, KOTOW has continuously developed and maintained learning resources and programs based on readings and interpreting ancient texts. These include research databases, facilitated discussion platforms, publications, periodicals, and creative multimedia content.
Applying knowledge from story-telling traditions for addressing research questions and for personal enrichment is a core tenant of KOTOW. KOTOW supports multidisciplinary research that ventures into all aspects of human heritage. Investigations are informed by contemporary anthropological theory on the significance of ancestral story-telling traditions in past and present societies. Literary and ethnographic accounts are cross-compared with other empirical data to explore many mysteries of ancient cultures and the self.
One of KOTOW's primary objectives is to develop learning resources and programs that support individual and collective ambitions of members. Wether for students, professionals, scientists, or artists, KOTOW thrives to foster participation in learning opportunities as a group, and in doing so, builds partnerships and community.
KOTOW's humble tree of knowledge continues to grow. With time, patience, and care, it may bear many fruit.