Portrait Photograph of Marcus Cederström

Marcus Cederstrom

Community Curator of Nordic-American Folklore

College of Letters & Science l Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

Hometown: Stoughton, WI

Marcus Cederström earned his B.A. from the University of Oregon in Sports Business, History, and Scandinavian Studies and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a folklorist working in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at UW-Madison as the community curator of Nordic-American folklore for the “Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest” project. His research interests include immigration to the United States, identity formation, North American Indigenous communities, and sustainability.


  • In 1911, a sword was dug up in the prairie of Minnesota. Not long after, it was declared a Viking-Age sword. But in 2007, that all changed. This talk explores what happened and what it can tell us about Nordic-American life in the Upper Midwest.
  • Why do we eat the things we eat? And how do those things change over time? This talk explores what the foods we eat can tell us about immigration and Nordic-American life in the Upper Midwest.
  • In 2015, students and staff of Lac du Flambeau Public School harvested wild rice from a local lake and paddled birchbark canoes built by the community. This presentation and ten-minute film show how one Wisconsin community has developed a successful community-initiated program focusing on sustainability—both environmental and cultural.
  • This presentation (with optional 15-minute film) will tell the story of “Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan – These Canoes Carry Culture”—an ongoing project partnering the University of Wisconsin–Madison with the Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians to teach Ojibwe youth the art of birchbark canoe building.