November 6-12, 2017

Celebrating Kodiak's Scandinavian Heritage

Kodiak Scandianvian Culture & Film Fest

Just as winter settles on the island of Kodiak, Alaska, the light of music, art, dance and film will brighten the dark days as the community celebrates the Kodiak Scandinavian Culture and Film Fest, Nov. 6-12, 2017. Out-of-town guests and island residents will demonstrate the beauty of Scandinavian music and art and show how the Scandinavian culture is woven into the texture of Kodiak history. The Kodiak Scandinavian Culture and Film Fest is sponsored by the Island Viking Lodge of Sons of Norway with help from the Kodiak Arts Council, the Kodiak Public Library, the Kodiak Island Borough School District and other agencies and organizations.


The Festival will include workshops on Scandinavian art, genealogy and cooking, the worldwide premiere of films high-lighting Scandinavian influence on Kodiak Island, dance and music workshops and presentations, a multicultural potluck and lectures by museum curator Sven Haakanson, Jr. and wood carver, Jim Dillard.

Music & Dance

Concerts, Children’s workshops, Fiddlers school

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Award-winning documentary and wildlife filmmaker, Stefan Quinth, presents a new series of films from Kodiak, including a short film on Alaska’s first Native bear hunting guide, Larry Matfay.

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Kodiak residents, Lois Stover and daughter, Cherie Biddle will display Saami clothing and art; wood carver, Jim Dillard and students will carve spoons and other objects using traditional Scandianvian tools, and books with Scandinavian themes will be featured.

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Workshops on a variety of subjects, including Scandinavian ancestry, woodcarving, arts, film, fiddling and dance will be held in Kodiak’s schools, library, museum and other venues.

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Lectures include fascinating topics such as Scandinavian/Native heritage, Finnish architecture and genealogy.

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Culinary Delights

Scandinavian food will be available at various places; enjoy the taste of other cultures at the Multicultural Potluck on the last evening of the Festival.

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Special Guests

We are honored to have special guests coming to Kodiak to take part in our celebration.

Stefan Quinth

Award-winning documentary & wildlife filmmaker, Stefan Quinth has produced several films about Kodiak and many other places in the world.

Ross Sutter

Artist and musician, Ross Sutter— popular in schools across the nation— will teach Kodiak and village students about Scandinavian music & dance. They will build and learn to play their own psalmonica.

Art Bjorngeld

Art, a musician & storyteller, will join Ross in children’s workshops. Art performs Scandinavian folk dance music on fiddle, guitar and accordion.

Char & Bruce Bostrom

Char will entertain audiences with her fiddling and will work with local teachers. Bruce has taught folkdance at festivals and workshops in the United States and Sweden. The couple will add a lot of fun and energy to the workshop.

Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Curator of Native American Anthropology at the Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, Sven is the grandson of Norwegian and Danish grandfathers and Alutiiq grandmothers. He will give insight into the blending of Scandinavian and Alaska Native cultures.

Get involved!

You can be a part of the Festival by sharing your Scandinavian stories. Contact Mike or Kathy Rostad at 907-486-2908 or 907-654-0445.