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
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.