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Roland and Edi Thorstensson Give Presentation About Sámi at Vesterheim


Tue, Oct 8th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Roland and Edi Thorstensson will present a multimedia program titled “In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun—Introducing the Sámi of the Nordic North” on Sunday, October 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.

The presentation is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “The Sámi Reindeer People of Alaska,” on view at Vesterheim through November 10. Refreshments will be served and those who wish the view the exhibition after the presentation will receive free admission.

The Sámi are an indigenous people who, today, live mainly in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and on the Kola Peninsula in Russia. The Thorstenssons will speak about the Sámi and Sámi culture in a broad sense, but will focus on conditions, circumstances, and “realities” in Sámiland during the last 30 to 40 years. The presentation will also highlight manifestations of Sámi culture in literature, art, and music since “the awakening” in the 1960s and 1970s. “The presentation will be an opportunity to learn more about Sámi culture and history, as well as the lives of Sámi in more recent years,” explained Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim Chief Curator.

Roland Thorstensson, professor emeritus at Gustavus Adolphus College, taught regular courses on Sámi culture for over a decade. He has lived in northern Norway and Sweden and traveled extensively in Sápmi (Sámiland). Edi Thorstensson is retired as librarian and archivist at Gustavus Adolphus College. She has led tours to Scandinavia and Europe for Road Scholar.

During a yearlong stay in Tromsø, Norway, Roland and Edi translated Sámi prose and poetry into English for a book entitled “In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun.” Roland has also translated a Norwegian novel, “The Salt Bin,” which deals with the “Sámi awakening” of the 1960s and he has given many presentations on Sámi topics, including music.

Vesterheim’s exhibition, “The Sámi Reindeer People of Alaska,” tells the story of Sámi men and women who left Norway to teach reindeer husbandry to the Native Alaskans at the request of the U.S. Government. The exhibition and programming is sponsored by Owen and Naomi Bekkum.

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‘Body Parts’ theme for “Over the Back Fence” community variety show

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Body Parts’ is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., with poems, songs and skits about hair, eyes, faces, and more perfo ..... 
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Lanesboro All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball Drag Show Fundraiser!

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Join us at All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball while the Rochester Girls perform an “Exquisite Drag Review” once again in Lanesboro, Minn.! This year’s event will be held October 26, 2013 at the Lanesboro Community Center. Doors will open at 6: ..... 
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Luther senior Pecinovsky to present clarinet recital Oct. 12

Thu, Oct 3rd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Arts & Culture

DECORAH, IA (10/03/2013)(readMedia)-- Sara Pecinovsky, a Luther College senior from Mabel, Minn., will perform a clarinet recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus. Pecinovs ..... 
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Harmony arts board sponsors special event

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

HARMONY, Minn. — The Harmony Arts Board proudly presents a wonderful collaboration between well-known chef, Stephen Larson, and Lanesboro’s Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast owner and author, Nancy Huisenga, during a rare afternoon event that i ..... 
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Crafters wanted for craft and gift show

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Annual Lewiston Craft and Gift Show will be held at the Lewiston Community Center, 75 Rice Street in Lewiston, Minn. on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are needed to display their wares whether it’s wood crafts, quilts and/ ..... 
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Lanesboro Local to celebrate completion of new marketplace

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – A new gallery level has just been completed at the Lanesboro Local Marketplace, now filled with an exciting collection of local arts, crafts and books. Known as one of the most distinctive shops in the region featuring locally m ..... 
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Visit Vesterheim’s “Trunk Room”

Wed, Sep 25th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa —Stop by Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, for Free First Thursday, October 3, and visit the “Trunk Room.” Back by popular demand, the “Trunk Room” is open storage in the muse ..... 
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SpectaculAir at Rushford, MN promises to be spectacular

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The Rushford Municipal Airport at Rushford, Minn., presents the first-ever SpectaculAir air show, September 27 and 28, 2013, at the airport. The event, sponsored by the City of Rushford, Mead & Hunt, Inc., and approximately a dozen local businesses ..... 
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