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The Findians
08-11-2016, 05:59 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Part Finnish, part Native American
Text Silja Massa Photography Meeri Koutaniemi

In the Great Lakes region there are people with roots in Finland and among indigenous North American peoples. It’s impossible to know how exactly many of these so-called ‘Findians’ exist, but their numbers are estimated in the hundreds.

Between 1860 and 1924 some 370,000 people left Finland for North America to seek a better life. The main reasons to emigrate were unemployment, social problems and the period of ‘Russification’ before Independence--but a desire for adventure was also a factor. In America Finns worked in the forests and the mines. While out in the woods and at trade union meetings they met Native Americans and even married some of them. The majority of marriages were with members of the Ojibwa tribe, the largest in the region. Finns tended to have less knowledge about their new home country--and therefore also fewer prejudices about the people native to the land.

There are many reasons for the common understanding forged by Finns and Native Americans, but above all they were united by their intimate relationship with the forest. Just like the Ojibwa Finns hunted, fished and foraged. The locals also valued Finns’ handiwork skills: the ability to build a boat or carve skis. Finns learned how to cultivate maize and use medicinal herbs, among other things. In return they lent their expertise in building log cabins and weaving shoes out of birch bark.

read the whole article and check out the awesome photos at http://yle.fi/uutiset/findians__the_stor...ns/9087943
08-11-2016, 06:10 PM #2
US nli Incognito Anonymous
 
That is very interesting. I think the shoe/short boot may have looked similar to the ones in the video.

08-11-2016, 07:54 PM #3
bohica Member
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I'll run this past some Natives I know.

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
08-11-2016, 09:36 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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08-11-2016, 10:25 PM #5
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Findians? Why doe the whities have to be named first? Why didn't you call them Ojibwinns?

I am not your rolling wheels, I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind, I am the lightning
I am not your autumn moon, I am the night
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08-11-2016, 10:38 PM #6
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
(08-11-2016, 09:36 PM)Octo Wrote:  I found it fascinating

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bast_shoe

İmage
kroks original.



08-12-2016, 12:48 AM #7
White Ribbon call me
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Finndiana is a state there?

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08-12-2016, 08:19 AM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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08-12-2016, 11:51 AM #9
White Ribbon call me
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(08-12-2016, 08:19 AM)Octo Wrote:  yup.gif

orgazmo3.gif are you a findian from findiana?

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08-12-2016, 05:05 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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No I'm a native, but I might have married a Findian 13.gif
08-13-2016, 07:50 AM #11
White Ribbon call me
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Yes, I thought he was findian, has that way about him..

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08-13-2016, 01:24 PM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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But he didn't have a sauna like the other Findians. Maybe he's a faux findian 13.gif
08-13-2016, 02:15 PM #13
bohica Member
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He may be a Cindian, (city indian).
I understand he's a Finn through the injection/osmosis route.

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
08-13-2016, 03:56 PM #14
White Ribbon call me
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(08-13-2016, 01:24 PM)Octo Wrote:  But he didn't have a sauna like the other Findians. Maybe he's a faux findian 13.gif

Oh, he told me the sauna was in his pants..

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08-13-2016, 04:00 PM #15
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(08-11-2016, 09:36 PM)Octo Wrote:  I found it fascinating

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bast_shoe

İmage

Hi Octo. Your link reads that the bast shoe was not durable, but all they had to do to make it durable was paint it with pitch.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pitch

Unless, there are no pine trees there.



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