Friday, September 22, 2006

Cultural Evening in Northern Norway

Sharing culture through indigenous gifts and meals

Food and fire fellowship
Traditional Sámi food is enjoyed around a cosy, smoky fire. A good warm up for the night to come.

Delicious and healthy
Fish soup, reindeer stew and whipped moltekrem. Participants say they have never eaten as much fish as in the last week. The hearty appreciation for the healthy and delicious local specialties is obvious.

Lycircs from Latin America
The cultural evening is opened by friends from Latin America. Argentinean and Indian singing fills the room.

Nobel Prize in Literature?
The next nominee for the Nobel Price in Literature enters the stage, ready to conduct an emotional and colorful drama.

Happy end? Aussie dead
The drama continues, now with very happy actors. Here you find a poor Aussie, dead on arrival. The doctor was too busy with lunch.

An opera star emerges from Greenland
Awaiting her son, the singing bishop who has become an opera diva entrances the audience with her dulcet tones.

Hidden talents come to the surface throughout the evening of shared culture.

God praised through guitar and song
Hans presents a Brazilian song of praise.

African music & rhythm
Emma sings a traditional Namibian hymn. The joyful African contribution lifts the athmosphere in the room.

Hope and fellowship
Two traditional Sámi descants are sung. The hymns are about the hope to one day meet in heaven.

Contribution from Greenland
Bishop Sofie Petersen presents a hymn, a prayer for creation.

Norwegian in a sari
A demonstration on how to don and wear a sari. Different cultures in India have various ways on putting on this traditional dress. Marthe from Norway acts as model.

Dances from Nepal
Bed transforms a Norwegian dance floor with the latest gyration from Nepal. Two brave souls join him and discover it's not as easy as it looks.

American Indian humor
The Indian story illustrates a bit of Indian culture and hand sign language. Especially the story about an Indian chief’s visit to the Vatican provides much laughter.

Maori warrior greeting from New Zealand
After sharing a love song from New Zealand, Ahi is persuaded to perform the famous Haka.

The Haka
Leader: KA MATE! KA MATE! We're going to die We're going to die!
Chorus: KA ORA, KA ORA! We're going to live! We're going to live!
Leader: KA MATE! KA MATE! We're going to die! We're going to die!
Chorus: KA ORA, KA ORA! We're going to live! We're going to live!
All together: TENEI TE TANGATA PU'RU-HURU This is the man, so hairy
NA'A NEI TIKI MAI WHAKA-WHITI TE ...who fetched, and made shine the ... RA! HUPANE! KA-UPANE! sun! Step upwards! Another ... !
A HUPANE! KA-UPANE! Step upwards! Another... !
WHITI TE RA! The sun shines!
HI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A hymn from the heart and the soul
The evening draws to an end. Here again a moving Sámi hymn.

A community in dance
An traditional tribal dance from India gets everybody on the floor. Gracefully, the easiest steps are chosen so everybody gets a fair chance to turn it into a stomb.

The evening ends with the Lord´s prayer in multiple tongues and a blessing from pastor Nijhar before departing into a cold, dark night, filled with the gifts of God-given fellowship.


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