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island hopping, day 3 Sointula

After our Quadra Island visit on day 2, we returned to Campbell River and headed north about 250 km. along a very good highway lined with forests, mountains, glimpses of lakes and ocean inlets but with very little population.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/10/2013 | 14 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History, Travel


slow road, finale

Last but definitely not least was our long desired visit to the architecturally stunning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. Planned for many years and opened five years ago, it received a lot of attention during the 2010 Winter... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/07/2013 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, History, Other artists


slow road, pt 4

We continue driving southwards along the winding Highway 99 which edges steep mountains overlooking the rushing Fraser River. Here we have come to a view over the town of Lillooet, one of the hottest spots in BC. Interesting history,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, History, Nature, Travel


DNA study in BC

A groundbreaking genetic study led by a team of U.S. and Canadian anthropologists has traced a direct DNA link between the 5,500-year-old remains of an aboriginal woman found on a British Columbia island, a second set of ancient female... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/07/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Anthropology, Canada and BC, Ethnicity, History


slow road, pt 2

Continuing west (see part 1) from the city of Kamloops along the Trans-Canada Highway, we soon came upon a magestic view over Kamloops Lake as the highway skirted around it. Funny how we had forgotten it from not traveling... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/06/2013 | be the first to comment
themes: Canada and BC, History, Travel


a German cookbook

I have been peeking into some of my late mother-in-law's boxes which my husband brought home from her house, now sold. Her obviously very old handwritten cookbook intrigued me, reminding me a little of my mother's Finnish cookbook. While... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Books, Found Objects, History, Home, Photoworks


December 6th, 1917

95 years ago today, Finland declared independence from Russia. Windows with two candles, candles at the graves of former presidents and dead soldiers and a President's Ball which many watch on television. Even Google honours Finland with the special... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/12/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History


ancient doors

I've been off on a tangent today starting with reading blogs, as often happens. I'd been visiting my friend Mouse where curiousity sent me exploring the site of a commenter. Her photos of ancient doors in Provence are so... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/11/2012 | 16 comments
themes: History, Meta-morphosis, Photoworks, Textures


on ruins

Long-time blog friend Lucy of Box Elder writes wonderful posts from her home in Brittany. I love her rambling stories and gorgeous photos of her garden and the world she lives in, of forays to explore many interesting towns... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/08/2012 | 15 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


100 yr old printshop

The printmaker in me was fascinated by an article in our paper about Canada's first Chinese print shop still in operation here in Vancouver after a century, run by the third generation of the Lam family and the matriarch.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/07/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, History, Printmaking, Tools and technology



Most of us remember our mothers, whether they are still with us or have passed on like mine, on the second Sunday of May in many countries, or on other dates in other places. I like to quietly remember... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/05/2012 | 7 comments
themes: Current Events, History


Finnish ABCs 2

As mentioned earlier about this old Finnish primer, I became most fascinated by the variety of fonts shown side by side. Imagine a young child just learning the ABCs and beginning to read, also learning to read along with... [Continue Reading...]

Finnish ABCs

When I found my mother's old Finnish cookbook, with it was a little aapinen, a Finnish ABC book or primer. A sad little thing without a cover, unlike this one, so I don't know when it was published, possibly... [Continue Reading...]

a Finnish cookbook


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Vancouver's 125th

Happy 125th Birthday, Vancouver! Still young and beautiful. Check out the cool video of Vancouver streets in 1907 on the bottom of the linked page. I was surprised to see that the traffic moved on the left back in the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/04/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Canada and BC, History


Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 1

One day last week, we made our first visit to Vancouver's new Beaty Biodiversity Museum, located on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). A teaching and research facility, the museum is now able to showcase UBC's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2011 | 11 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Environment, History, Nature, Photoworks


language and place

Being an immigrant and interested in how language, culture and place affect us as individuals and as societies, a couple of months ago I became intrigued by the >Language > Place blog carnival. Edition 4 is now up, hosted by... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/02/2011 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, History, Linguistics


street furniture


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Marja-Leena | 20/01/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Arkeo, History, Photography, Printworks


math in cuneiform

I'm no mathematician but I'd like to point you to a fascinating review in the New York Times: Masters of Math, From Old Babylon. I wish I could see this this exhibition in person, however the online information and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2010 | 4 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


more Mary Anning

Ichthyosaur skull, Lyme Regis Museum Some readers may recall a post I wrote about a book which I enjoyed reading while on vacation last spring at our favourite spot on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Yesterday, in my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/11/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Books, History


saving time

Prague Astronomical Clock, photographed on our visit in spring 2002 In most parts of Canada, early Sunday morning our clocks will be adjusted back to regular time (remember "spring forward, fall back"). It used to be at the end... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/11/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Current Events, History


pumpkin fest

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween, Kekri or Samhain or whatever version of an ancient pagan ritual you may partake in this evening. If you prefer a spookier image than these jolly pumpkins, see this favourite of mine from... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/10/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Culture, History


the antique suitcase

18546 What journeys has this old suitcase seen? What memories are held within? It began in a suitcase factory in Finland... when? in the 1940's? Who in the family bought it? My own memory is unclear, I think it was... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/10/2010 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, History


rare Lascaux photos

Rare, Unpublished: Lascaux Steer Photo: Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Jan 01,1947 This is exciting, if you love ancient cave paintings as much as a I do. has a gallery of previously unpublished rare photos, the first... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/09/2010 | 19 comments
themes: History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology



Another new word for me! It is Friday the 13th and though I'm not a sufferer of this 'ailment' I found this article about its history very interesting.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2010 | 2 comments
themes: History, Neat stuff



Stirring my love of both art and history is this wonderful essay by Gary Geddes called The mirror of history shows us who we are - Ancient works of art that reflect life, hardship and the 'yin-yang dance of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/06/2010 | 13 comments
themes: History, Nature, Photoworks


alone in the Sistine

In the fall of 1993, my husband and I took a very special, very memorable trip to Italy. Seeing so much of the art, architecture and archeology that I'd studied in art school was literally mind-blowing for me. We... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/04/2010 | 6 comments
themes: Culture, History, Other artists, Photography


Alice and algebra

                   image from wikipedia As you can imagine, art has been my main interest in my life right from when I could hold a crayon. I took art in high school along with the required variety... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/03/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Books, Films, History


acknowledge the past

As most of you know, the Winter Olympics have been underway here in the Vancouver region. I haven't commented much on it for I'm one of the folks that's been against it mostly because of the extreme costs, commercialism... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/02/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, History


William and Kate Blake

I have just finished reading a fascinating book about a famous artist-printmaker-poet and his wife. As a printmaker, I found this passage particularly intriguing to find in a historical novel: William and I began to be real partners in Printing.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/10/2009 | 18 comments
themes: Books, History, Other artists, Printmaking


the Greenwich tour

Back to my travel diary and our last few but extra busy days in London.... Our 'Londoner' daughter had once taken one of the walking tours of London and enjoyed it so she suggested we all take the Historic Greenwich... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2009 | 10 comments
themes: Culture, History, Travel


Tunbridge Wells, Joe, Heidi

            Photos top to bottom: The Pantiles area, Heidi (in green jacket) and I chatting, and Joe.     One of the great delights of our trip to England has been the opportunity to meet a few blog friends.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Blogging, Culture, History, Travel


Ancient Britain: Avebury

                            Last of our destinations during our day long tour of Ancient Britain was Avebury. Like Stonehenge, Avebury is very well-known and many believe it is the superior stone circle. Certainly it is... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/07/2009 | 15 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Ancient Britain: Silbury & West Kennet

                    Soon after passing the White Horse we could see Silbury Hill, a huge man-made chalk mound near Avebury. It is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe and one of the world's largest. Composed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/07/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Ancient Britain: White Horses

            Leaving Stonehenge, our drive continued on through the lovely Wiltshire countryside towards nearby Avebury, with a few quick highlights along the way. A very quick sighting was of a White Horse, a chalk hill figure. My... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/07/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, History, Travel


Ancient Britain: Stonehenge

                        The high point of our guided tour of some of Britain's ancient sites has to be Stonehenge. It is so well known, researched and written about that I won't even try to touch... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Ancient Britain: flint

                Odd title, I know. One of the very interesting tidbits of knowledge passed on by our tour guide was that the Wiltshire region of England, home of the ancient sites we visited on our tour,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/07/2009 | 19 comments
themes: History, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel


Ancient Britain: Old Sarum

After visiting Salisbury on the first stop of a guided day tour to several ancient sites of Britain, we moved on to nearby Old Sarum. This hilltop is surrounded by banks and ditches with layers of 5,000 years of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/07/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Ancient Britain: Salisbury

A highlight of our trip to the UK was a guided day tour to the ancient sites of Salisbury, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, West Kennet, Silbury Hill and Avebury. I don't usually link to commercial sites but this tour pleased us... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/06/2009 | 21 comments
themes: Culture, History, Travel



"February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification... Historical names for February include the Anglo-Saxon terms Solmonath (mud month) and Kale-monath (named for cabbage) as well as Charlemagne's designation Hornung. In Finnish, the month is called... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/02/2009 | 14 comments
themes: History, Neat stuff


cease the fighting

    Pablo Picasso: Guernica 1937 (from     I rarely write about politics and wars here yet I must say that I've been unable to put out of my mind the humanitarian disaster in Gaza. Mainstream and alternative media... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/01/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Blogging, Current Events, History


locked doors

            Yesterday at the old shipyards in Steveston, BC (more details to come later). Sept 10th update: see next post. Much later: more from the Old Britannia Shipyard here: artifacts walls if walls could speak... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/09/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, History, Photoworks, Urban


an English-Finnish dictionary




an immigrant's tool, an almost-bible, a book of days...

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Marja-Leena | 29/07/2008 | 25 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, History, Linguistics, Photoworks


on the pier

    Being in the area yesterday evening, my husband and I sauntered over to see the 700 foot long Burrard Dry Dock Pier, just east of Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.         According to this History of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/07/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Canada and BC, History


Happy 141st!

It's Canada Day today. Despite all the hoopla, crowds and fireworks everywhere, we're just enjoying the holiday around home, puttering about and trying to keep cool in a heat wave. This thoughtful Canada Day meditation, written by a Canadian... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/07/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, History


lines of age

        The lines on the rock are like the lines on the face of an elder. What events have created them? Where have these rocks come from? What tumultuous journeys have they suffered? How old are they?    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/05/2008 | 2 comments
themes: History, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks


time traveller

Heidi Henderson is a time traveller and author of the blog, Archea, Musings in Natural History.

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Marja-Leena | 06/05/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Books, History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


geologic journey

        Spotting a seemingly insignificant looking rock like this one now sends me wondering about its history, its journey through millions of years. Thanks to the powerful series Geologic Journey, my view of our world, especially of Canada and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/04/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Films, History


immigrants' journeys

A story of one Finnish family's immigrant experience.
UPDATE April 28, 2008: I just learned about this exhibition on the same theme: Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC is a major feature exhibition at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC's capital. We'll have to see this the next time we go visit!

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BC's Finnish settlers

        Nordic Spirit: Early Finnish Settlements in B.C. A gallery presentation of over 100 moving historical images depicting the life and times of the early Finnish settlers on the West Coast Clinton Hall Finn Slough Sointula Webster's Corner and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/03/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History


Looking back: Joulupukki

Isn't it fascinating how the Santa Claus figure has evolved in different countries? In Finland, the jolly fellow is called 'Joulupukki' and his home is on Korvatunturi Mountain, in Finnish Lapland.

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Range Creek Canyon art

It's been awhile since I wrote about rock art... Many of us know about the fantastic collections of native rock art in Utah, USA. The quality and quantity of beautiful rock art in the Range Creek Canyon of Utah first... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/12/2007 | 4 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Sagrada Família in danger

I still remember well my art school days and the many hours of Art History classes, viewing thousands of slides of art and architecture, sometimes sleepily but often excited. The courses were taken by students of art, architecture and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/10/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Culture, History, Other artists


dying languages

Image credit: Enduring Voices Project Finnish was my first language. I was five years old when my family emigrated to Canada. Arriving in Winnipeg, I was promptly placed in school, not knowing a word of English. Now that was... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/09/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Culture, Ethnicity, History, Linguistics


Sámi cultural heritage project interesting, informative and beautifully designed website: Recalling Ancestral Voices, concerning the repatriation of Sámi cultural heritage.

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Portraits of Women

A superb collection of women portraits from about 500 years - a video slide show set to music.

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Marja-Leena | 29/05/2007 | 5 comments
themes: History, Other artists


International Women's Day 2007

Today we are celebrating the achievements of women around the world on this International Women's Day. It's an important way to remember the struggles of women who fought for equality for their sisters and coming generations of women. My... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/03/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Current Events, History



Reader Bill, knowing my interest in prehistoric art, recently sent me a link to a very informative website. OriginsNet is about "Researching the Origins of Art, Religion, & Mind".

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Marja-Leena | 21/02/2007 | 6 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Dream Anatomy

I wish you many new successes, new joys, good health, peace and contentment, and abundant creativity. Hauskaa Uutta Vuotta! Bonne année! Allen ein frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year! Aboriginal "x-ray style" figure. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/01/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, History, Printmaking


Happy 89th, Finland

Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää to Finland and my Finnish readers! On December 6, 1917, shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Finland declared its independence. On this date, 89 years later, Finns are celebrating their country's Independence Day. If you are... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/12/2006 | 17 comments
themes: Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History


poppy day

Wear White Poppies for a culture of peace Today on Remembrance Day in Canada Many thanks to wood s lot who always finds such treasures     UPDATE: 8:30 pm. I've just been reading a lovely post about Remembrance Day... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/11/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Culture, History


Shanghai in films

Shanghai of the 1930's is the subject of a documentary and the background for a movie...

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Marja-Leena | 14/10/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Films, History


Sept.11, 1906

It's hard to avoid all the nauseous revisiting of the events of five years ago, even in our Canadian media and present government. Unwilling as I am to be drawn into this again, especially since I avoid the subject... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/09/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Current Events, History


Modern Finnish Ruins

"Abandoned buildings, derelict factories filled with incredible old machines sitting alone in the dark halls with their power turned off for good, or nearly collapsed sawmills rotting silently away in the forest, being reclaimed by nature are the best, most authentic and interactive museums of industrial archaeology and local history....

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Marja-Leena | 31/08/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History, Photography


the human journey

I've been happily lost in my travels through the pages of the Atlas of the Human Journey. I'm always fascinated to learn more about the amazing migration of humans from Africa to all the far corners of the earth.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/08/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology


postcard from Pier 21

Today I received the above intriguing postcard from a cousin (he lives in Victoria). Here's part of what he wrote: "Finally found my way back to our Canadian beginnings. This is a great museum. There are artifacts from the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/08/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Canada and BC, History


Blue Buddha

This past Monday evening 'The Nature of Things with David Suzuki' presented Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine. It traces the odyssey of traditional Tibetan medicine from it's roots in ancient Tibet, to a worldwide interest in it's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, Films, History


Happy 139th birthday, Canada!

On this Canada Day, we have pomp and ceremony in Ottawa, parades, musicals events and fireworks in many communities and many vacationers at cottages and campgrounds. We're at home awaiting family guests, some from the US too. The weather... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/07/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, History


watch this!

...the PBS series How Art Made the World is beginning tonight on your local PBS channel. In Vancouver, that's KCTS 9 from Seattle at 10 pm.

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Marja-Leena | 26/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Films, History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Alberta Trip Days 5 & 6

Heading west towards home, we visited Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the Frank Slide and Kimberley.

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Marja-Leena | 26/06/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, History


Alberta Trip Day 4

I had a lazy start then went out walking about Lethbridge... I did a bit of shopping, something I rarely do at home, and visited the museum and the art gallery.

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Marja-Leena | 25/06/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, History


Alberta Trip Day 2

Leaving Christina Lake, our journey continued eastward through the beautiful Rocky mountains straddling both BC and Alberta. Once over the other side, the first thing we noticed was the wideness of the rolling almost treeless hills and the wideness of the huge sky above.

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Marja-Leena | 14/06/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, History


Alberta Trip Day I

....we drove the scenic Crowsnest Highway from Hope (east of Vancouver) all the way to Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Marja-Leena | 13/06/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, History


June 1, 1906

For some time I've been thinking about mentioning some fascinating Finnish history that I've been reading at Virtual Finland**. Guest writer Hank at Finland for Thought beat me to it with the following: "1.6.1906 was a significant date in the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/06/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History


more Petra

Petra, Jordan, 1998 Photograph by Annie Griffiths Belt "Reclining on a rooftop carved two millennia ago, a Bedouin surveys the realm of the Nabataeans, whose ancient capital beckons from the sands of southern Jordan. Forgotten for centuries, Petra still... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/03/2006 | 7 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


The Tommy Douglas Story

Wow - we've just finished viewing a very moving film Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, a two-part drama on CBC-TV. It's a fascinating biography of the man who became a long time premier of Saskatchewan and then the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/03/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Films, History


Isabel Bayrakdarian in Armenia

Last Thursday evening we decided to do a rare thing and watch TV, specifically CBC's Opening Night which featured A Long Journey Home. This is a beautifully filmed and spiritually moving documentary that follows Armenian-Canadian operatic soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/01/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, Films, History, Music


happy winter solstice

Detail from Silent Messengers II Those of us in the northern Hemisphere can now breathe a collective sigh of relief that the sun has not disappeared forever and the days will be getting longer! Spring will come and we... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/12/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Culture, History


EU Flag's 50th

Living in North America, I don't seem to hear enough about European news, especially about the European Union. So it's very interesting to me to learn that recently there was an installation of possibly the world's largest flag in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/12/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Current Events, History


Finnish libraries

The Dome Hall, National Library of Finland As I've mentioned before, I love reading Virtual Finland for all kinds of interesting facts about my birth country. I knew that Finns have long led the world in reading and literacy.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/11/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Books, Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History


Pekka Kivikäs

As my readers know, I'm nuts about prehistoric art, particularly that of northern Europe. One site that I check periodically is**, a Finnish portal for archaeology fans. Recently I spotted a notice about some new books (PDF) that... [Continue Reading...]

blogs and shows

1. Thanks to blog friend Anna of Self-Winding for pointing out that The Padacia has posted a couple of my Nexus prints. Thanks also to this mystery blogger from Oslo - it's nice to find another beautiful blog. Curiosity sent... [Continue Reading...]

Art of the Hibakusha

Like so many others, we have been following the marking of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, then Nagasaki tomorrow. This made us recall the stories once told us by two Japanese-Canadian friends now in their... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/08/2005 | 3 comments
themes: History, Other artists


Art in Nature

Doesn't this scene look very magical and surreal, with the strange almost man-made looking sculptural forms scattered about in the landscape? Photo from the World Conservation Union (IUCN), via BBC It is the desert floor of Wadi al-Hitan, or Whale... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Becoming Human

Are you a bookmarker like me? When I come across some interesting web sites that I don't have time to read in depth at that moment, I'll save it into a temp folder. The list gets rather long, so... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/02/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, History, Rock Art & Archaeology


about Báiki

Cover of issue 25 of Báiki, with image of sculpture: "NAA", © 2003 Rose-Marie Huuva, reindeer hide and sealskin I recently received a copy of Báiki: the North American Sámi Journal, which 'is a major English-language source of information... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/12/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Culture, Ethnicity, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History


Finland's Independence Day

Finland is celebrating its 87th Independence Day (Itsenäisyys Päivä) today, December 6th. Though I'm a proud Canadian, I'm also proud of my birth country. Finland was part of the Swedish realm for some 600 years up to 1809 and... [Continue Reading...]

Ararat by Egoyan

Our Saturday Night at the Movies was spent comfortably at home with a DVD of Atom Egoyan's Ararat. Yes, I know it's already two years old, it took us this long to get around to it. Wow, what a powerful... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/11/2004 | 10 comments
themes: Films, History


The Museum Called Canada

Imagine this - an interesting website with a virtual tour about a book The Museum Called Canada. The "tour guides" are "a renowned academic and author with a documented love for unconventional histories" Charlotte Gray and "museum curator" is... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Books, History


Canadian Thanksgiving

This is a three-day long weekend in which many families get together for a big dinner centered usually around a big roast turkey, traditionally as a thanks for the harvest, right? Well, I decided to search some of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/10/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, History


Colony of Avalon

This caught my eye today on CBC Arts News: "Funding problems plague ongoing Nfld. archeological dig." "An ongoing excavation project in Newfoundland and Labrador continues to turn up some of the oldest artifacts ever discovered in North America, but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/07/2004 | 1 comment
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Karelia's Rock Art & History

Andrew Heninen is a Karelian (Finnish-Russian) programmer with a keen interest in the history of lost Finnish territories. Karelia (or Karjala in Finnish) is a territory which straddles the present-day border between Finland and Russia, and is home to... [Continue Reading...]

the Sami and Siida

Part of my ongoing research into my Finnish ethnology has been learning more about the other groups in the Finno-Ugrian family of people. The Sami (formerly called Lapps) of Northern Finland, Sweden, Norway and Northwest Russia are one group and... [Continue Reading...]

the artist's childhood

As a child I loved reading books and fairy tales were my very favourite. My first books were in Finnish written by Finnish authors, but most loved were the tales collected by the Grimm Brothers. This edition, a very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/05/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Folk Legends & Myths, History


More on Full Circle

A few days ago I wrote about the Newfoundland and Labrador Museum exhibition commemorating the events surrounding the Viking landfall in L'Anse aux Meadows - Full Circle: First Contact. Then National Geographic News posted an interesting article called "Sagas"... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Folk Legends & Myths, History


Full Circle

"One hundred thousand years ago, our ancestors walked out of their African homeland to explore and settle the rest of the world. The paths they chose were to lead them to all corners of the earth. While some tribes turned... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/05/2004 | 2 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


The Ainu

Feeding my fascination for ancient as well as the indigenous cultures of the world, I was excited to find at the rich Mysterium** a post about the Ainu: "A beautiful audio-visual presentation on Japan's Indigenous Ainu people, their origins,... [Continue Reading...]

Fenno-Ugrian people

Some of my image research delves into the marks left by early humans, particularly the Fenno-Ugrian peoples. Their region includes Finland (my birth country), Karelia (now in Russia), Estonia and Lapland or Sami. The Gallen-Kallela Museum in Finland had an... [Continue Reading...]