University of Minnesota

Culture and Arts

Like today, the responsibilities and obligations of everyday life have always kept residents of Minnesota very busy. This would have been especially true for new arrivals to the states who, in addition to making a living, faced the sometimes difficult process of folding their own culture into the folkways of their adopted home. Dressed in traditional Mexican and Greek ethnic costume, the photograph below demonstrates one example of how the Festival of Nations created opportunities for individuals who migrated to Minnesota from outside the United States to learn about each other’s cultures and celebrate the traditions of the countries where they migrated from.

Nationality Tradition

 

Residents of Minnesota today will know that there is a great variety of restaurants to visit and cuisines to sample in the Twin Cities. Recent immigrants as well as immigrants who arrived decades earlier provide opportunities to experience many international culinary traditions.

Preparing veal paprika
Pastry Booth at the American “Merry-Go-Round” Festival
Syrian Flat Bread
Preparing veal paprika
Pastry Booth at the American “Merry-Go-Round” Festival

 

Performing national dances was a common way for immigrant groups to celebrate their cultural heritage.

Ukrainian Folk Dancers
French Folk Dancers
Italian Dance Students
“Worldlings” Dance
Ukrainian Folk Dancers
French Folk Dancers
Italian Dance Students
“Worldlings” Dance

 

Textile arts and weaving were other forms of culture common to many immigrant groups.

Spinning Wheel
Rosemaling Instruction
Spinning Wheel
Rosemaling Instruction

 

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