July 24 – 28, 2024

Documentary about pensioner’s entrancing journey towards finding a connection with the Eurasian lynx hiding in the forests.

Jim Williams, Sr., an elder of the Lac Vieux Desert Ojibwe band in Watersmeet, Michigan, heard elders sing at feasts, pow wows and ceremonies while growing up. He went on to start a traditional drum group called the Lac Vieux Desert Singers who are featured in this film along with the Four Thunders drum, a group that also includes the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Sault Ste. Marie bands, and singers from Marquette.

Nick Hockings, an Ojibwe Culture educator, works with a group of primarily elder Euro-American men to build an authentic birchbark wigwam using the materials of the Northwoods forests, Traditional hands-on techniques learned over centuries are fused with Ojibwe cultural teachings and woven into a practical, yet spiritual ecology of the northern hardwoods forest. In the film, the techniques are demonstrated.

Michael Loukinen is Professor Emeritus from Northern Michigan University, He earned his PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University (MSU); and he studied oral history and the cultural anthropology of aging at the University of Michigan on a Post-doctoral fellowship. Loukinen began his career publishing original research on Finnish Americans and on social support networks in rural communities. His documentary film work grew out of that interest, the first film, 1982, becoming, “Finnish American Lives,” 1982. Since then, he has completed thirteen documentaries, most on ethnic traditions in the Upper Midwest including Finnish Americans, Ojibwe, Menominee, Ottawa and Serbs. He has recorded the traditional occupational cultures of trappers, loggers and commercial fishers in the U.P. Up North Films is a non-profit documentary film production company at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.

Kisarit Finnish-American Folk Dancers were organized in 1972 to preserve and present Finnish folk music and dance. Based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, the volunteer members of the group practice weekly with choreographed dances and traditional folk dances from all parts of Finland. Past members of the group have trained and studied with well-known Finnish and Scandinavian folk dance instructors, enabling Kisarit to teach folk dances from every region of Finland as well as other Scandinavian countries. The Kisarit dancers have delighted audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Finland with their performances. In 2022, the Kisarit Finnish-American FolkDancers celebrated 50 years of continuing to bring Finnish dance performances, music and culture for others to enjoy and experience.

The story of Finnish Utopian communities: lecture and video.

Teuvo Peltoniemi, Licentiate of Social Sciences, is a Finnish researcher and science journalist specializing in Nordic migration. He has worked in universities, radio, TV, and print media, and published 18 books. In 2007, he was honored with the “State of Finland Award for Life Work on Public Information.”

Finland today can be a potential destination for Americans to work, study and spend retirement years. This session explains how this can happen. Questions about who is eligible, what the application process involves, and time limits will all be addressed by Consulate of Finland, NYC staff.