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
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.
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.
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.
Lectures include fascinating topics such as
Scandinavian/Native heritage, Finnish architecture and genealogy.
We are honored to have special guests coming to Kodiak to take part in our celebration.
Chad & Karen Carpenter
Chad Carpenter, creator of the popular Tundra Comic series, will
share his comical magic with Kodiak audiences.
Chad’s wife, Karen Carpenter, the
descendant of Inupiat and Swedish ancestors, will tell her story. Karen is the great
granddaughter of Swedish missionaries to Alaska.
You can be a part of the Festival by sharing your
Contact Mike or Kathy Rostad at 907-486-2908 or