Heikki Hits the Stage
If festival, song, and snowmobiling clubs are not enough, Heikki Lunta has also served as inspiration for stage productions in the region. Between 1997 and 1999, three serial plays on the Finnish Snow God were performed as a part of the Finnish Independence Day events at Finlandia University (then Suomi College). As James Kurtti recounts on the discussion pages of the Finnish Genealogical Society,
Heikki also served to educate children when Ishpeming teacher Anne Asplund rewrote the classic tale, “The Three Little Pigs,” into “Heikki Lunta and the Three Little Finns.” The play, performed with sock puppets, told the story of three young Finns who must build homes that will stand up to Heikki Lunta’s annual dances. Here we see that Heikki Lunta holds meaning for young and old. The lessons that the Snow God serves to teach in the Upper Peninsula are widely varied and serve to provide people of all ages with models of understanding how life and culture proceeds in the region. From the type of one’s shelter to the importance of Finnish nationalism in the Copper Country, Heikki Lunta can be used in any number of ways to reflect on social meaning and to share such ideas with others.
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