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In the Land of Finndians: Tour of the Exhibition
Join us for a special introduction to the project by journalist Maria Seppälä and photographer Meeri Koutaniemi on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 2pm to 3:30pm at the Embassy of Finland.
Join the descendants of Finnish immigrants and North American natives of a bittersweet journey through the mines, casinos, and reservations of Finndian country.
At the turn of the 20th century, tens of thousands of emigrants left Finland in hopes of a better life in North America. Scraping together a living in the old country had been hard, but bliss didn’t necessarily await in the new homeland, either. However, there was work to be found in the mines and the forests, where the Finns gradually forged bonds with the members of the hard-pressed Ojibwe tribe.
The two groups shared an intimacy with nature and a similar view of the world. The depth of their coexistence is best illustrated by the fact that their joint descendants came to be known as Finndians.
No registration needed.
2/10/2018 2:00 PM - 2/10/2018 4:00 PM
Meeri Koutaniemi, Katja Kettu & Maria Seppälä with Embassy of Finland
Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C.
3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC