Arne Vainio, M.D. was born to a Finnish father and an Ojibwe mother, one of seven children. When he was four years old, his father committed suicide and poverty followed. He credits less than a double handful of people for changing his course and advises we are all that person for someone who might be […]
FACA Book Sale Continues! The FACA Book Sale continues! It’s a wonderful opportunity to add to your private library or enjoy some wonderful reading. We have a great variety of Finnish-related topics – in English, in Finnish, in Swedish; old, new; classics, contemporary; on travel, history, art, music, design, technology, language, religion; poetry, biographies, fiction, […]
Photos from FACA programs and Finnish events (by Kathy and John Jorgensen) are available on SmugMug at:** FACA Programs – FACA Programs and Events ** Other events such as Independence Day celebration and Kauneimmat Joululaulut/Joulutori – All Things Finnish! All photos can be viewed online. Prints, downloads, etc. can be obtained “self-serve” directly from SmugMug […]
How is it to dedicate one year to language learning as an adult? How does the revitalization of Sámi languages look like in Finland today? In what way are handicrafts beneficial to language learning?
The Sámi people are the only indigenous people living in the European Union.
Year 2020 meant a huge shift in education, as the teachers and students had to rapidly learn to utilize a new learning environment, digital space. This shift has brought not only challenges but also new opportunities, in terms of better utilizing technologies, contents and platforms that have already been part of our digitalized lifestyles. Furthermore, […]
St. Urho’s Day (March 16) is a holiday of merriment and fun for the Finnish American community, and one that is unique to our diaspora as it has no analogue in Finland. Over the years, it’s become a popular festivity far beyond the Iron Range where it first began. Every town celebrates it a little […]
In 1891, Domenico Comparetti described the Kalevala in terms of “the shamanism of the ancient Finns”, a description that resonates with popular imagination today, yet it turns out to be problematic in several ways. First, the Kalevala is developed from vast quantities of oral poetry and other traditions, but it is a literary creation by […]