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 lecture and demonstrations about Scandinvian arts.

We are still developing the program, please check back for more additions.

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Opening Ceremony – Honoring families Monday November 6 at 19PM

Afognak Center

Music & Dance

Concerts, Children’s workshops, Mouth Bow Workshop

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Norwegian Coffee House Monday-Friday (Nov 6-10) 1-4PM
Kodiak Public Library

Scandinavians love their coffee. Join us for a cup!

Nordic Living History Workshop
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday Kodiak Public Library

The Shire of Pavlok Gorod, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. will be hosting a living history workshop area at the Kodiak Public Library. Tuesday 11/7 and Thursday 11/9 we will be there 2:30-6:30 and Saturday 11/12 from 1-4:30.

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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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The Sami Reindeer People of Alaska Exhibit at the Baranov Museum and the Kodiak Public Library

Kodiak residents, Lois Stover and daughter, Cherie Biddle and other Sami experts will be available at both venues to explain and answer questions on Friday and Saturday November 10-11.

Discover your roots Wednesday November 11 at 2PM
Kodiak Public Library

Geneology and storytelling with Linda Kozak.

Scandinavian influences in architcture Wednesday November 8 at 7PM
Baronov Museum

Jim Dillard speaks on Finnish architecture on Kodiak

Free Event

Cross-Cultural Potluck Friday November 10 at 6PM
Afognak Cultural Center

Join us for a cultural evening as we share food, music & dance from all over the world. Children from Kodiak schools will perform Scandinavian dances they have learned at workshops this week.

Crosscut Saw Event Saturday November 11 at 1PM Kodiak Baptist Mission Barn

Come try your hand at sawing logs! Jim Dillard leads the event with a demonstration followed by a competition!

Refreshments will be served! Free Event

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

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.

Tammi Fogle

will be displaying ancient Nordic dress as well as demonstrating centuries-old Scandinavian knitting at the Nordic Living History Workshop.

Linda Kozak

will be showing us the secrets of searching for you roots. Geneology workshop at the library.

Jim Dillard

will host an exciting crosscut saw event and give insight into the Finnish influence on Kodiak architecture.

Betsy Lund

will demostrate how to bake Norwegian lefse!

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.