The History and Mystery of the Book of Kells with Natalie Novik (US)
5:00pm - 6:00pm (1 hour)
This Powerpoint presentation was very successful at the Celtic Spring Festival back in 2018, and again at our virtual festival 2021. It is using the scanned pages and enlarged illustrations from the CD that was released in 2017. There will be time for questions at the end.
Born in France with Breton, Welsh and Russian ancestry, Natalie started to manifest early an interest in those cultures, languages and traditions, sanctioned by diplomas at the Sorbonne University in history, languages and Celtic studies.
She moved to Alaska after working in multinationals for about twenty years, and elected to live in Kotzebue to facilitate reopening the border with Russia. She familiarized herself with her rich environment, and continued numerous activities within Celtic organizations.
After moving to Anchorage in 1995, she further developed contacts with the Irish and Scottish local clubs and became one of the founders of the Celtic Community of Alaska, where she has served several terms as President, being re-elected this year. As such, she endeavors to support Celtic events in Alaska, and continues to travel every year back to the Celtic countries to learn more and bring back materials for presentations and items to be auctioned.
Her presentation on the Book of Kells is based on a detailed examination of a CD providing photos of all the pages with the possibility to enlarge them on a computer screen, an exact replica of the Book she received as a present, and notes based on her readings about the book done by scholars in Ireland, the U.K., the U.S. and France.