Stories are memory aids, instruction manuals and moral compasses.
In a world where everything goes faster, people don’t take the time to stand still and really listen. To listen to a good story, told by a good storyteller, by an object, or by the skilled hands from a craftsman. Den Blauwen Swaen wants to tell these stories to those who can find the peace to listen. Stories about the past, old crafts, lost times… stories in different shapes, but always stunning stories!
To understand the present, you need to know the past. The present is defined by the past. The more you know about this past, the better you can understand the present. We try to tell a number of special stories about this past in the underlying pages. This is how we climb into our family trees and come across remarkable people. Here and there we tell you about interesting objects or archaeological finds whose story is worth telling. We have also delved into the peat and the special treasures that have been found here, such as the bog bodies. From our hobby of living history, we try to let people relive history by means of demonstrations and setting up an encampment. From this hobby we came into contact with various crafts that have become true passions over the years.
Many crafts we have learned through our activities within living history, sprang braiding, nalbinding, woodworking, dying wool, weaving etc. These are all crafts that are centuries old, but some of them are almost forgotten by humanity. We try and do our best to bring these crafts onder attention so they can be saved and passed on.
The historyteacher on school who told such beautiful stories. Grandmother told such beautiful stories about life in the old days: When people tell a good story, you’ll never forget them. It isn’t about the storyteller, it is about the story! And beautiful stories have to be told… Through our history, people have always told stories. from generation on generation. This way we learned about our gods and mythological heroes. Blue is a storyteller with a passion for stories about the past, mythological- and fairy tales and local legends.
Den Blauwen Swaen gives lectures on various topics that interest us. Vikings, Dead Sea Scrolls, Bog body's, Princess of Zweeloo
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