Learn to say, “peace,” in Estonian!
Among the groups visiting Folkmoot USA this year is Kaokirjas Folklore Polva from Estonia. We are excited to to learn all about Estonian folk dance and music. Keeping up with our push for peace and understanding, what better way is there to start than learning to say peace in Estonian.
Peace in Estonian is: Rahu (ra-hoo, the “r” almost as with it a hard “g” sound).
Estonia is in Northern Europe and fronts the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. The official language of Estonia is Estonian, a Uralic language related to Finnish, rather than to nearby Russian or Latvian, both of which are Indo-European languages. There are three major dialects in Estonia; Võro, Mulgi, and Tartu. Of the three Võro is the only to have been given a language code by SIL (). The most common minority language of Estonia is Russian.
In the folklore band there are three different generations singing, dancing and playing different nursery rhymes and songs based on folklore of the south-eastern part of Estonia.
The group has performed in Tallinn, Võru, Iisaku, Porkuni, Põlva and in the county of Põlva and at international festivals in Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Korea, Indonesia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Republic of Udmurtia.
Käokirjas presents old Estonian traditions and folklore (holidays, songs, games, counting rhymes), organises the children’s folklore festival Kes aias and helps to organise the festival of folk music arrangements Moisekatsi Elohelü.
The members of the folklore band wear the national costume of Põlva county and play different kinds of national instruments (violin, accordion, Estonian kannel and the jew’s harp).