Alaskan children’s book and travel author Tricia Brown visited Finland October 21 – 28 as part of a U.S. Embassy program to strengthen grassroots dialogues between the United States and Finland on Arctic issues. During her program she had a chance to meet and interact with Finns of all ages, all walks of life, both in the South as well as the North.
in Helsinki, Tricia read several of her children’s stories at an international kindergarten and led a creative writing workshop for senior students at Tikkurila high school. She also participated in a roundtable discussion with Arctic experts at the U.S. Embassy, visited the National Library of Finland, and gave a public lecture “Who Owns the Stories?” at the Helsinki University Library.
In Rovaniemi, Tricia visited Arktikum and participated in a panel on the Arctic as a source of inspiration with Finnish authors Kirste Paltto, Tittamari Marttinen, and Anu Ojala at a public event arranged at the beautiful, Alvar Aalto-planned Rovaniemi city library. After nearly six hours on a bus, Tricia presented at the Sámi cultural center Sajos, had an incredible tour of Siida, and introduced students at the Sámi education center SAKK to Alaskan native pieces of arts and crafts. In Ivalo, Tricia talked about her life and work as an author in Alaska with Ivalo high school students.
“Arctic Dialogues: Building Cultural Bridges” is a U.S. Embassy project that unites Finland and Alaska and it coincides with Finland’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Finland followed the U.S. as the chair of the Arctic Council in May 2017; the chairmanship runs until 2019.