Kalevala Birds

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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.

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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.

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