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Scandinavian Traditions | Music and Tradition

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Traditional music and dance is one way that North Dakotans celebrate their Scandinavian heritage and find part of their own identity in their ethnic background. “No tree grows strong by cutting off its roots.” Understanding where we come from helps us know who we are. North Dakota’s largest demographic is people of Scandinavian descent. Many people in North Dakota are aware of their roots, know who they are, and take an active role in keeping those traditions alive.

Holtkamp Pipe Organ, Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead MN

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Organist Andrew Steinberg explains what it's like to play the pipe organ at Trinity Lutheran Church. The featured pipe organ is housed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Aliza Novacek-Olson: Fiber Artist

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Aliza Novacek-Olson’s interest in fiber arts stems from her love of history, specifically the role of women throughout the years. She takes pride in creating a piece of clothing from the fiber that comes from the animals she raises on her ranch in Roseau, MN.

Indian Pride, Heroes: Part 4

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JuniKae Randall introduces Quintanya Claw of the Navajo Nation of Arizona who shares songs from a wooden flute.

 

 

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Sustainability and Community Involvement

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Learn how a sense of community emerges during a firing of the massive Johanna kiln.

Uganda: Sustainable Tourism | Women Craft Group

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Learn about Women Craft group in Uganda which consists of over 250 women. The next stage of this project is developing marketing opportunities outside of Uganda.

Herd About the Prairie: A Visual Art Stampede | Shattered Cloud

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Artist Ruth Severson talks about the process of creating the bison statue for Herd About the Prairie project. She named her piece "Shattered Cloud".

Musical Concepts - Tympani

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Kenyon Williams of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra demonstrates the specialized features of the tympani, including the different mallets that are used and the foot pedal that allows the instrument to be tuned.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Lullaby

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This lullaby’s melody is one of the most recognized around the world and is used by millions of parents to sing their children to sleep. The FM Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jane Linde Capistran, plays this famous tune for an audience of grade school students.

Elisa Korenne: Mail Order Bride

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Singer songwriter Elisa Korenne of New York Mills, MN writes original songs about historical people and events of the northern plains. One such figure is Rachel Calof. She traveled from Russia to North Dakota in 1894 as an immigrant homesteader and a mail order bride. Her story is a riveting and candid look at the hardships of life on the prairie.

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