Today the English Class first and fourth graders crafted Kalevala birds together. The idea was to use a pattern to cut out the bird and feet and then to decorate the bird in the style of Kalevala folk tradition.
After Ilmarinen kidnapped Louhi’s youngest daughter in Pohjola, she was quite rightfully furious with him. She insulted Ilmarinen badly so he sang magic and turned her into a bird. Kokko birds (literally translated as bonfire birds) also appear several times in Kalevala. Later this week the fourth graders will be learning to play the kantele, the Finnish national instrument.