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From Picnics to Prison

Published: July 4, 2019

The first full day for our new villagers was one to remember! Villagers swam, ate good food, played games, crafted, and took part in our Karjala simulation.

It was a real hot and sunny day so the ranta (beach) was bustling. 

Lining up to get in the lake! 

We are trying something new here at Salolampi! It is called valinnainen oppitunti (elective learning hour). We want to provide our villagers with learning experiences that can be applied and integrated into their lives outside of Salolampi. Villagers could choose to take a class about Finnish linguistics, Finnish arts and crafts, domestic sciences like Finnish cooking and baking, Finnish music, church history in Finland, a book club, science and engineering (taught in Finnish), and a few general Suomikoulu classes! So many great options!

Teaching villagers the names of the buildings and locations on site. 
A game to break the ice!  
A Finnish grammar rundown. 
A simple expirement on gravity... in Finnish! 
Taking some time to slow down and read. 
Making a masterpiece! 
Awesome to see our villagers and looms in action. 
Making Karjalanpiirakka! 

Directly after valinnainen oppintunti, it was activity time! 

An exciting game of sähly
Making pillowcases! 

For dinner we had a picnic! On the menu was makkara (sausage), pitaleipä (pita bread), salattia (salad), suolakurkkua (pickles), and mustikkapiirakka (blueberry pie)!

Having fun with their dinner perhe (family).  
It tastes just as good as it looks! 

For our iltaohjelma (evening program) villagers participated in a simulation about how North American Finns returned to Soviet Karjala under the impression that there was opportunity there. Unfortunately, that was not the case. As the situation worsened, many Finns looked for ways to escape to Finland or across the Atlantic. 

Recruiters took the Finns out to Karjala. 
Edvard Gylling, the Finnish leader in Soviet Karjala who was an advocate for the Finns. Until...    
He was imprisoned by Soviet authorities. 
The villagers were divided into groups with different goals. This group was trying to get a ticket back to North America. 
However, they had to work for money to escape.  
Returning from completing their work. 
Despite their hard work, some still ended up in the Gulag. 

We had so much fun getting to know our new villagers today! It was the perfect way to kick off the start of our week together. 

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