Waking the Bear: Finnish Charms and Incantations for a New Season
Sunday, March 9th, 7 p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater
810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis
Tickets: $10 at the door, $8 in advance
As a poet Lynette Reini-Grandell was drawn to nature and the creatures that animate it. She discovered that living close to nature is part of the Finnish ethos and began to explore that side of her heritage.
Drawing from immigrant stories and delving into the tradition of shamanistic magic songs like those expressed in The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, she wondered about the meaning of the bear in Finnish culture. The bear was a sacred animal to the Finns and is still considered nearly inedible by most of the world, yet her Finnish ancestors ritually roused it from its hibernating den, killed it, held something like a wedding party for it, where they ate it, and then placed its skull at the top of a tall pine tree. The poems and songs of “Waking the Bear” are a meditation on that tradition.
This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Finlandia Foundation.