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Introduction: asking difficult questions
Can you imagine that the largest and most valuable collection of your saga manuscripts, Viking ships and other iconic remains from the Viking era – not to speak of your most exquisite collection of folk culture were owned by a foreign museum?
When posing this hypothetical entry question to several of my countrymen their unison reaction is one of utter disorientation. The idea is hardly imaginable and when truly contemplated – preposterous. This question with its rhetorical edge is however not outlandish. The reactions provoked, suggests that public memory in Norway about our own long country’s colonial past has faded.