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You’ve seen the photos, now some video. Below is information and video of the Sami Camp; some video of arts and crafts. Also some traditional Finnish waltzing. Enjoy!
Sami Camp –
The Sami Siida of North America, a loosely organized group of self-identified Sami descendants, has gathered for winter and summer Siidastallens. At FinnFest 2008 the Siida will host a Sami camp at the west end of the DECC near the small Statue of Liberty. The camp will feature a lavvu and reindeer from the Dancing Reindeer Farm, The Dancing Reindeer Farm, is owned by Tom Scheib & Liisa Mayo, Milltown, Wisc. The reindeer have traveled to reindeer exhibitions, parades, festivals, and FinnFests, and have been in movies and commercials. Sami craft demonstrations, lavvus furnished with objects of everyday life, and traditionally dressed Siida members who will answer questions about Sami life, history, and culture. It is a place and time for those of Sami heritage and others interested in the Sami to learn and find fellowship in a welcoming, traditional and educational setting.
I’ve seen TONS of reindeer up in Rovaniemi but watching these in Minnesota was quite fun!
I recently blogged about Pitsinnypläys (Finnish knitting). You can see some video below about how they make these lace creations. Crazy how long it takes and how detailed it is, but the finished product…beautiful!
And last, but not least, what’s a Finnish festival without dancing!
On Friday, July 25th, 2008, Tarja Halonen, the president of the republic of Finland became honorary Dr. Tarja Halonen. The ceremony took place at 10am in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) as part of FinnFest 2008 in Duluth, Minnesota. Below is a photo and video recap of the days events including the music of the Sieur Du Luth Festival Orchestra; a welcome address by UMD Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin; The singing of the Finnish National Anthem (I did not include the U.S. National Anthem but might upload later); The Honor Song; The presentation of Tarja Halonen’s degree; Tarja Halonen’s speech and address to the crowd, followed by the performance of Finlandia conducted by Gaetano Colajanni. Enjoy!
Photos From left: 1) waiting outside the DECC for Tarja Halonen; 2) stage prior to Tarja Halonen’s arrival; 3) arrival of Tarja Halonen’s husband and Delegation of the President of the Republic of Finland; 4) The color guard leaving the stage; 5) Performance of the honor song by MA-IIN-GAN singers; 6) Procession of Tarja Halonen to stage
Part 1 – Academic Procession of Tarja Halonen to stage
Part 2 – Tarja Halonen walking to stage
Part 3 – Welcome Address
Part 4 – Finnish National Anthem
Part 5 – Introduction of Tarja Halonen
Part 6 – Awarding Tarja Halonen her degree
Part 7 – Tarja Halonen’s Speech
Part 8 – Finlandia performance (part 1)
Performed by Sieur Du Luth Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Conducted by Gaetano Colajanni
Finland performance (part 2)
So, we’re back, unpacked and I’m beginning to upload all photos and videos from the last day of our activities at FinnFest ’08 in Duluth, MN. I know, I know…you all loved the first post that had all those photos and video but I have more media than time in the day to get it all uploaded and posted today. So, please be patient…it will be worth it after a day like today!
Here’s a quick overview of today (day 3) to tide you over.
I’m in the process of uploading the first video of Tarja Halonen’s event as we speak and should hopefully have the full post ready by tomorrow (there are about 10 videos total so it will take a while:). You can view the full schedule in the meantime- I got it all on video which will be posted hopefully by tomorrow (lots of video so please be patient!). I also got the video of the “Finlandia“ performance by Jean Sibelius (coming soon). Her speech was really good as she focused on her attention to two of her button issues- education and poverty. This was actually the second time I got to see the president of Finland- the first time was in Helsinki last summer.
After the Tarja Halonen event we had three hours to get in as much as possible at FinnFest ’08 before heading out of Duluth. We started at the Food court with a hot dog then a last round through the tori to make sure we had everything we wanted. We grabbed a Marimekko shower curtain from FinnStyle along with some candy. A couple Tupla bars and some TuttiFruitti gummy candies for the road! Then we took in our last sights of the tori. You’ll notice the photo of the Finnish Cookbook below by Beatrice Ojakangas. We REALLY wanted to attend the workshop later today by the author of this book but were unable to coordinate with our check out time. We’re desperately trying to find a one to one ingredient match for some of our dishes and she has written so many Finnish cooking books, including this one that I’ve debated buying forever…but, we’ll have to see if we can get her via email to ask questions.
After the tori, we headed towards the Sami Camp outside and stopped over at the crafts booth. Some really cool things going on in there. For my birthday I received this great bookmark made by my boyfriend’s Aunt in Finland. At the crafts booth today we saw people making these exact things. It’s called Pitsinnypläys (tiny string knitting) and you can see below how they do it (I have a video of her working that I’ll get posted later). Very cool, very precise, takes FOREVER! But, the end result as you can see in the photo on the right is just so beautiful. Mine looks similar to the one below but has two long strings on each side so they stick out of the book. I love it! Again, I’ll let you know when the video is up.
Next to the knitting we saw some other great things as well. Kantele (Finnish string musical instrument- the photo on the right) and other crafts.
So, then it was our last stop- Sami Camp. It was so much fun and the weather was nice so we just got to hang out. The guy running the area was really cool. I was able to recall my Finnish without thinking (which was pretty cool). AND, my boyfriend had a little chat with a Finnish man who not only goes to Rovaniemi (my boyfriend’s hometown) once a year but had photos with him that he showed my boyfriend…small world huh!? Here are some photos from the Sami camp. (Again, I have videos but…I can only post as fast as Youtube will upload them!
Well, I think that could be it for now. We weren’t able to make it to the Iitala presentation due to our time constraints. And, we finished our day off with ice cream! Drive back was quick and painless and now…I’m at the mercy of internet speeds for getting you some video. Stay tuned…LOTS more to come!!
Packing up and departing in just under 20 min. I’ve had my last hot
dog and ice cream for a long time (I am totally stuffed!) Great last
day in FinnFest. Saw the president, grabbed some more snacks at the
tori, some pulla and coffee. Watched some great arts and crafts on
display and in the process of being made. Saw some reindeer at the
Sami camp! And I ran into two fellow classmates of mine from my
Finnish class in Minneapolis. Small world! Really a great day. Yes, I
have photos and video of ALL of it which I’ll share on the blog
throughout the weekend and next week as I get it all compiled and
So, for now, goodbye from FinnFest ’08 in Duluth, MN.
I. Prelude Concert (going on now)
II. Academic Procession (president comes out)
III. Welcome address (UMD Chancellor)
IV. Republic of Finland National Anthem
V. Presentation of Colors
VI. US National Anthem (yeah!)
VII. Honor Song
VIII. Presentation of Degree
IX. President of Finland’s address
X. Tribute to Republc of Finland
XI. Closing Remarks
Then we’re off to get more coffee, food, etc.!
DECC arena inside for Tarjs Halonen’s address @ FinnFest
Originally uploaded by frozenreindeer
We’re in and we have great seats to see the stage and the arena
filling up with people. It’s 9:15 so we have about 45 min. Til we
start. Stay tuned!
Outside decc arena FinnFest ’08 Tarja Halonen speech
Originally uploaded by frozenreindeer
It’s 8:30 and the line has started! Secret service has arrived. We
have coffee and pulla! Time to start waiting!