I took a lot of photos when I visited my dad's place a couple of weeks ago. I have many more to share with you. Tonight I am going to share the pictures that related to Finnish traditions.
|Children learn about traditional Finnish music|
|The innocence of children|
|Traditional Finnish gloves and hat|
Part of the tradition displayed came from being in Northern Minnesota. Those who settled in the area would trap small animals for food. They would save the pelts for trading. When the long winter months were over and the traders came down the water-ways in their boats, they would trade the pelts for other basic supplies like flour and sugar.
|The tradition of working with pelts|
The museum room had old photos and stories posted along the walls. They also had a few traditional costumes hanging on the walls. Maybe I should say formal wear or dance wear? I guess I don't know enough of the Finnish history to know when these particular pieces of clothing would be worn.
|Traditional Finnish costumes|
They did have an area segregated to the local church history. The gown on display was NOT a bridal gown. It was simply a "Sunday" dress that was worn to church.
In the cafeteria area, this charming man was playing traditional music for the people eating. There was a small area in front of him for the people that were interested in dancing. I chose not to take pictures of the young woman whose father was teaching her how to Polka Dance. Believe it or not, I do have more to share. For the small area this Festival had an abundance of activities, demonstrations, and booths for craft sales.