Karen Duquette in Skansen - Djurgarden, Stockholm, Sweden

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Skansen - June 22, 2008

Skansen ("the Sconce") is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. The term "skansen" has become a generic term referring to open-air activities and concerts. While here, Karen Duquette enjoyed Kagelbanan, a Swedish venue for open-air concerts and events plus the Swedish dancers and lots more.

Skansen entrance

floating flower pots

Kägelbanan is an incredibly important venue for Stockholm with all its history and great artists who have performed here. It has a capacity of close to 1,000 spectators. No artists were performing here on this date.

Kägelbanan entrance

Below: The Swedish Maypole.The festivals may occur on 1 May, although this was a Midsummer event (20–26 June). The traditions surrounding the maypoles vary locally, as does the design of the poles, although the design featuring a cross and two rings is most common. Common in all of Sweden are traditional ring dances, mostly in the form of dances where participants alternate dancing and making movements and gestures based on the songs, such as pretending to scrub laundry while singing about washing, or jumping as frogs during the song Små grodorna ("The little frogs"). Ring dancing is mostly popular with small children. The central part played by young children in the celebration emphasizes the procreation aspect of the celebration. Yet another pointer in this direction is the custom that young maidens expect to dream of their future mate if they pick seven different flowers and place them under their pillow when they go to bed on this day only.

The Swedish Maypole

At Skansen, Midsummer is celebrated every year with traditions from all around Sweden and various folk activities. Ever since the first year when Skansen was opened, Midsummer has been celebrated in the old, traditional way, by dressing the maypole and dancing around it, as well as folk dances by young people in folk costume in the dance area.

Swedish folk dancers
Swedish folk dancers
Swedish folk festival parade around the Maypole
Swedish folk festival parade

around the Maypole

Swedish folk festival parade

Below: They are not asking each other to dance, but they are each asking a child to join them in the celebration.

asking a child to join the celebration asking a child to join the celebratio

Below: As people from the audience,, joined in, and tried to imitate what the Skansen dancers were doing. Karen Duquette took a few more photos and then she, too, joined the fun.

Skansen dancers Skansen dancers

Skansen dancers

Skansen dancers

Below: Then the musicians came down from the stage to join the ceremony, as they played their instruments and walked a big circle before going back on stage.

the parade muscians
Swedish costumes Swedish costumes

Below: Native dancing was a delight to watch.

Native dancing Native dancing

Below: Some wonderful singing to end the event.

wonderful singing wonderful singing
wonderful singing
rocky divider bar

Below: A rune stone is a raised stone with a runic inscription. The tradition began in the 4th century and lasted into the 12th century, but most of the rune stones date from the late Viking Age. Most rune stones are located in Scandinavia, but there are also scattered rune stones in locations that were visited by Norsemen during the Viking Age. Rune stones are often memorials to dead men. Rune stones were usually brightly colored when erected, though this is no longer evident as the color has worn off. Most rune stones were erected during the period 950–1100 CE, and then they were mostly raised in Sweden, and to a lesser degree in Denmark and Norway.

sign about the Rune Stone
rune stone
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Below: Windmills

Windmill Karen Duquette at a windmill
Windmill Windmill

Below: Monica Ekedahl and Bitte Svensson

Monica Ekedahl and Bitte Svensson Monica Ekedahl and Bitte Svensson
building in Skansen park building in Skansen park
Karen Duquette in Skansen
mossy area
scenery in Skansen mossy waters

Below: Animals also thrive on the the island of Djurgården.


hen and chicks
beaver peacock
peacock peacock

Karen Duquette played with the peacock

Karen Duquette played with the peacock Karen Duquette played with the peacock
Karen Duquette played with the peacock peacock

Below: Another peacock, a lot smaller than the one above.

peacock peacock and duck
peacock peacock

Below: Another Peacock

Karen Duquette and a peacock Karen Duquette and a peacock
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Below: The Sámi (SAH-mee; also spelled Sami or Saami) are the traditionally Sámi-speaking peoples inhabiting the region of Sápmi, which today encompasses large northern parts of Sweden as well as Norway, Finland, and of the Kola Peninsula in Russia.

Since 1992, Sámi National Day has been celebrated on 6 February because on that day in 1917, the first Sámi congress took place in Trondheim, Norway. The national holiday is also called ‘Samenes Nasjonaldag.’ The Sámi people, or ‘Urbefolkning’ in Norwegian, are indigenous people who live mainly in Norway, but also in Finland, Russia, and Sweden. Of course, Karen Duquette will not be able to still be here come February. But she did get to learn about the Sami people and go inside the Sam ic timber-hut.

Samic timber hut sign Karen Duquette in a Samic timeber hut

Below: A raised hut is also part of a Sami Village.

A raised hut A raised hut
Bitte and Monica
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A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse is a traditional carved, painted wooden statue of a horse originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna (Dalecarlia). In the old days the Dalecarlian horse was mostly used as a toy for children; in modern times it has become a symbol of Dalarna, as well as of Sweden in general. Several types of Dalecarlian horses are made, with distinguishing features common to the locality of the site where they are produced. One particular style has, however, become much more common and widespread than others. It is stoutly carved and painted bright red with details and a harness in white, green, yellow and blue.

Karen Duquette on a Dala horse Karen Duquette on a Dala horse
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Karen Duquette in Sweden Karen Duquette in Sweden
scenery in Sweden
scenery in Sweden scenery in Sweden
scenery in Sweden

Below: Bears in the Skansen Zoo. Skansen is home to wild Nordic animals such as brown bears, moose, lynxes, wolverines, seals and otters.

Bear in the Skansen Zoo Bear in the Skansen Zoo

OH NO !!! One of the bears grabbed Karen Duquette.

Karen Duquette and a bearlaughing chipmunk
moose moose
caribou caribou

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