Happy Constitution Day to Norway! Gratulerer med Dagen!

📷:Kari Schibevaag  📷:Logan Johnson

 

Gratulerer med dagen til Norge!

As some of you know, many years ago I was a Rotary exchange student to Norway. Today is Norway’s Birthday (Constitution Day)! Norway has more layers to its history and diversity than some may realize. Let’s look at some of them!

…Senker drømmer for alt på vår jord…

Norway’s national anthem:

Historic Syttende Mai children’s parade from NATO:

And if you are watching Eurovision this weekend, check out Norway’s group, KEiiNO, featuring Sámi songwriter Fred Buljo who incorporates traditional indigenous joik singing style into their performance:

2019: United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages

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Emma Stevens, a high school student in Eskasoni, Cape Breton, sings a gorgeous rendition of classic McCartney track in her native language, Mi’kmaq, as part of an effort to bring awareness to the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

 

(Full Mi’kmaq lyrics on YouTube page)

 

“Wherever you live, indigenous peoples are your neighbors”

To hear more about why it’s important to keep indigenous languages alive, see the video below:

Indigenous people of southeast Pennsylvania:

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One expression of genocide is destroying the language of a culture. Maintaining and reviving language is an important aspect of resisting cultural destruction and genocide!

 

 

Thanksgiving / National Day of Mourning

The first Thanksgiving was actually a fact-finding mission:

 

On Thanksgiving Day, many will be commemorating the losses of Indigenous peoples and protesting continued injustices.

Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

It really doesn’t take much to show a kinder spirit and truly make the lives of others less painful:

Some reflections and ideas from the Unitarian Universalist Association here: Indigenous Peoples Day

Teen Vogue discusses the history of the movement to change the name of the holiday: Indigenous Peoples Day: 4 Things to Know

Reading list for grownups

Reading list for children:

 

Simple action to help: