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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Warriors of the Plains: 200 Years of Native North American Ritual and Honour

Manchester Museum

24 May 2013 –
3 November 2013

Supported through the generosity of
the Dorset Foundation

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The exhibition Warriors of the Plains: 200 Years of Native North American Ritual and Honour explores the ongoing legacy of the warrior figure among contemporary Native North Americans.

The exhibition highlights cultural continuity in a long and established warrior tradition among Plains Indian peoples as it is told through the objects on display.

It narrates the evolution of past ritual and military objects and regalia from ceremonial accoutrements and objects of social status to symbols of ethnicity and national pride for the people of today.

The exhibition is entirely based on the British Museum North American collections.

Previous venues

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter 
22 September 2012 – 13 January 2013

Ulster American Folk Park, National Museums Northern Ireland 
19 October 2011 – 19 February 2012

Lotherton Hall, Leeds Museums 
17 June 2011 – 25 September 2011

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