Preservation of Finnish-American culture is the reason the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University exists. To ensure that Finnish-American folk traditions exist for centuries to come, the Heritage Center has established the Finnish American Folk School.
Through the Folk School, founded in 2017, the Heritage Center engages with traditional Finnish and Nordic folk artists who share their ancient knowledge here in the Copper Country, and thereby create a new generation of Finnish tradition bearers.
The Folk School is a cooperative effort between the Heritage Center, local high schools and education-oriented community and civic organizations. The School invites folks of all ages and skill levels to participate and join the ranks of tradition bearers.
Natural settings for FAFS activities are the school’s three local festivals –Heikinpäivä, Juhannus (Midsummer) and Festival Ruska.
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Finnish American Folk School news
- May 24
In the Land of the Finndians and Tradition Bearers
Finlandia University Gallery will present In the Land of the Finndians, an exhibit of photographs documenting the descendants of Finnish immigrants and Native Americans from the book by Katja Kettu, Meeri Koutaniemi, and Maria Seppälä. Also on display, Tradition Bearers, a collection of materials created during the Finnish American Folk School. This two-part exhibit will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American [...]
- May 20
Finnish musical instrument maker Minna Hokka coming to area in June
The Finnish American Folk School welcomes Finnish musical instrument maker Minna Hokka to the Copper Country this June as part of Juhannus 2019. She’ll be offering a slate of programming that will provide attendees with a unique skill set – and at an unbelievable price!
Hokka, who’s invested much of her adult life into creating musical instruments from materials found in nature, will offer as many as nine unique courses during her two-week [...]
- September 4
Festival Ruska bringing colorful Nordic culture to Copper Country
Every year, Mother Nature provides the Copper Country with one of the most awe-inspiring displays of fall color anywhere in the world.
And at the same time as the leaves start turning, Finlandia University’s Finnish American Folk School provides an equally awesome lineup of cultural programming, this year featuring two remarkable artisans and a pair of Finnish-themed concerts.
This year, events get under way on September 5 with a one-night-only performance by the up-and-coming Finnish band Steve ‘n’ [...]
- June 12
Finnish band to spice up Juhannus
Finland’s “spice girls” are bringing added flavor to the Copper Country this summer.
The Finnish folk band Jepokryddona (“Spice of Jeppo”) will headline the area’s 2018 Juhannus celebration, performing the upbeat, lively tunes that represent the heritage of their part of Finland, and offer workshops in their region’s music tradition. Jepokryddona is a folk group made up of Swedish-speaking Finns who, for the most part, play traditional wedding music from Jeppo. Led by [...]
- January 6
Heritage Center to launch Finnish American folk school
“Although our region maintains a strong ethnic pride in its Finnish roots, the loss of language and traditional arts and crafts has left many among our residents very little onto which they can attach their ethnic identity.”
So says Finnish American Heritage Center Director Jim Kurtti, and he’s doing something about it. He and his staff at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center are spearheading an effort to establish a Finnish American Folk School in [...]
The Finnish American Folk School is possible because of the generous support of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Additional support comes from Finlandia Foundation National of Pasadena, Calif.; Kipinä Kerho (Finn Spark) of Washington, D.C.; and Suomi Seura of Helsinki, Finland. For further information, call (906) 487-7302 or visit www.finlandia.edu/fahc.