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A cataloguing and examination of traditions in the Ore Mountains and connecting them to events in German History of the past decades.

Abstract:
Historically, German nationalism is partly rooted in the republican movement propelled by the Grimm Brothers' interest in the early 19th Century in researching, collecting and circulating German folklore, which culminated in a magazine called 'Altdeutsche Waelder'. The themes of 'German Woods' and 'Heimat' are momentarily experiencing a renaissance in right wing and liberal art institutional narratives alike.

A strike of silver in the 15th Century rang in an era of extraordinary prosperity in the Ore Mountains, a narrow strip of wooded area that closes Saxony to the Eastern border. When profits in the mining business began to dry up, families took up woodworking crafts. The combination of mining and woodcraft has produced a unique ensemble of christmas decorations and traditions that center around darkness and light. One characteristic shape is the Schwibbogen, an illuminated arch symbolizing the dark adit opening into the mine. Another is an orientalist figure called 'Turk'. The relationship between shadows and light plays an important role in the self-portrayal of the region.