Multicultural Festival

The Multicultural Festival this year was first held in Gardner and the second exhibit in the Lunenburg High School on April 6th, 2001.

Irene Kamila, Jane Guercio and Maija Mård had set up a very nice exhibit of Finnish and Sami (Lapp) dolls, hats, shoes, etc.

There was video tapes showing "images of Finland", with the emphasis on Same (Lapp) culture.  The Same (pronounced [sah-me]) people, who were and to some extent still are, nomadic, traveled freely between Norway, Sweden and Finland - caring for and following the free running reindeer.  Living in tee-pee style huts, they were using the reindeer in every aspect in their lives - sinew for thread, the furs to sleep on, make clothes of and "pulka" - the traditional sleds drawn by the reindeer.  Reindeer horns were used for the richly engraved shafts of their knives and jewelry and to make tools from.  The leather from the reindeer skins was used to make shoes, storage pouches and drum skins.  These are  just examples of what they used the animals for - in addition to the very lean reindeer meat, which was a staple food.

On display was Same (Lapp) dolls, jewelry, every day utensils, posters and picture books showing the Same culture and life style, which to this day is very dependent on the reindeer.

Travel brochures, showcasing all the beautiful areas to visit any time of year, but specifically in the summer, when the midnight sun up north makes for practically "around the clock" daylight.


These pictures below are from the Lunenburg High School Exhibit.



Irene Kamila describes the beauty of Finland to a couple visiting the exhibit at Lunenburg High School. On display were dolls, shoes made of reindeer skin, hats, candle holders, etc.




Two Same dolls dressed in their festive costumes.  In the foreground you can see a candle holder made from a reindeer horn. This mode of transportation is only used now for exhibits - the vehicle of choice during winter herding of the reindeer is the snowmobile...




Copper coffee pots, butter tubs made from juniper wood and Finnish glass wares could be seen.

Video tapes of Finland and the Sami people and their culture were shown on a TV monitor.

Visitor Linda Widstrand is contemplating future visits to Finland to look up relatives....


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