Intentional Development of fictional personas in Nordic Living History Populations of North America
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The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. Dissertation Fieldwork Grant Application was prepared by students to fulfill the requirements of their Anthropology Senior Capstone.With the popularity of Viking imagery in western media, participation in Nordic living history activities has been growing more and more popular in western society (Agnew 2004, Bishop 1979, Coles and Armstrong 2008). More and more organizations, events, and groups are being formed throughout most of the post-industrialized western world, which focus on Nordic living history (Agnew 2004, Slackly 1990, Niergarth 2018, Gardela 2016). Most individuals who participate in these activities commit significant time, effort, and research into curating an intentional persona or character for themselves when they are with their living history communities (Agnew 2004, Niergarth 2018, 0kstra 2016). This project will look at the development and implementation of fictional Nordic identities (personas) within living history groups (Such as the Society for Creative Anachronism -SCA and Empire for Medieval Pursuits -EMP) in North American society. This project will investigate the following questions: Q1.) How do individuals in these groups develop their fictional Nordic personas, and how do they enact these personas during various ceremonies and rituals in their living history activities? Q2.) Why do individuals in these groups choose to develop and create these separate fictional personas from their everyday lives? 03.) What can the intersectionality of complementary identities between an individual's persona(s) and other identities of everyday life teach us about how the self manages plural conflicting and complementary identities in western society overall?