Doing the Norway

Gry Elisabeth Mortensen
31 minutes

In Petersburg, Alaska, the inhabitants celebrate their Norwegian heritage with great enthusiasm. By the use of old symbols and artefacts, and the annual "Little Norway Festival", an abstract relationship with "the old country" is constituted. For some, being "Norwegian" plays a vital role in the making of identity, even though the bloodline is getting washed out and the first-hand connection with Norway is limited. The strive for belonging and people's need to feel special are fundamental subjects in this film, as we follow Vikings and Valkyries, Leikarring Dancers, Rosemalers and other inhabitants.

Producer / Production company: 
Visual Cultural Studies, The Arctic University of Norway
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