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Share our love for Latvia and our heritage through our photos and travelogues. ►
Explore the post-WWII "Exile Experience" and the mission to preserve Latvian culture and identity in the post-war diaspora, whether the West or the GULAG. ►
The Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians have lived along the Baltic at least four millennia. The Baltics were well known until they were lost behind the Iron Curtain. Now they still struggle to shed half a century of Soviet-era obscurity. Our CfBH reference project digitizes accounts and images of Baltic culture and history contemporaneous to their times. ►
Our browser icon is "Zalkša zīme", the sign of Zalktis—the Latvian deity of knowledge. And a snake—reminiscent of the Garden of Eden, and common to ancient mythologies. Pagans believed if they caught, cooked, and ate a red or white zalktis, they would gain knowledge to commune with their ancestors and understand the languages they spoke.