July 24 – 28, 2024

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

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.

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.

Film reveals the traditional practices of planting rice, boat building, harvesting, parching, dancing, winnowing, cooking and finally eating wild rice at a feast. Opening sequence records the late Spiritual Elder (Niigaanosh) Archiie McGeshick, Sr, planting and managing the wild rice beds, The film explores the variety of threats to the continuance of these indigenous wild rice beds.

Presenter Bio: 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.

Get a taste of Flooball with FREE WEDNESDAY FLOORBALL!

For Thursday-Sunday: Tori Nordic Fair + Floorball Pass required – Tickets will be available closer to the event.

Join us in Duluth for the NAFL (North American Floorball) finals, where some of the best players from nice (9) countries will battle it out for the coveted Troy Cup. Did you know, that floorball is the fastest growing indoor sport globally and Finland’s second most popular sport after soccer? Join us to cheer for your favorite team! Teams: Fort Worth Jaguars, Minnesota Growlers, Ohio Aviators, Seattle Sockeyes, Fresno Force, Texas 38ers Countries represented: USA, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Philippines and Latvia.

The North American Floorball League (NAFL) exists to bring the highest level of floorball to North America, in order to showcase the sport to a new audience and develop the game in new markets.

Get a taste of Flooball with FREE WEDNESDAY FLOORBALL!

For Thursday-Sunday: Tori Nordic Fair + Floorball Pass required – Tickets will be available closer to the event.

Join us in Duluth for the NAFL (North American Floorball) finals, where some of the best players from nice (9) countries will battle it out for the coveted Troy Cup. Did you know, that floorball is the fastest growing indoor sport globally and Finland’s second most popular sport after soccer? Join us to cheer for your favorite team! Teams: Fort Worth Jaguars, Minnesota Growlers, Ohio Aviators, Seattle Sockeyes, Fresno Force, Texas 38ers Countries represented: USA, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Philippines and Latvia.

The North American Floorball League (NAFL) exists to bring the highest level of floorball to North America, in order to showcase the sport to a new audience and develop the game in new markets.