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LAND OF YESTERYEAR a photo story by Katie Currid

The Faroe Islands are a unique place. Isolated from much of Europe and with a unique, unpredictable and chilly climate, the Faroe Islands have deep roots in culture and tradition. Much of the culture of the country is rooted in things passed down from generation to generation, whether it is the whale hunt that was once important to survive, the fishing industry that keeps the economy going or knitting sweaters that keep its 50,000 citizens warm. The Faroe Islands are an obvious outlier from the rest of Europe. With an emphasis on religion and with young adults who return to their childhood homes and do not sever ties with family, they show how important the past and tradition are to their people. Whether one is fishing to make money to feed their family or knitting a sweater for a loved one, the Faroese people very much care about passing down tradition. Though they do not shirk new technologies, especially when it comes to growing vegetation in the harsh Northern Atlantic climate, they grasp onto the traditions they hold dear from yesteryear.


Church-goers exit the chapel doors of Christianskirkja after service on Sunday in KlaksvĂ­k. Chiristianity is important to the people of the Faroe Islands, and the country is seen to be uniquely religious and conservative compared to the rest of Europe. Most Faroese people belong to the Lutheran church.


The small village o more than 100 peo buildings that are “Land of Maybe,� into the islands, is


of Gjógv is nestled in a valley in the mountains of the Faroe Islands. Many villages, such as this one, are home to no ople, often from the same family unit. This particular village has no grocery store or gas station — its only not houses include an old church and an indoor fish farm. The country, a territory of Denmark, is nicknamed the due to its unpredictable weather. Much transportation, especially those who travel by ferry to get to work or fly s dictated by the fog and rain, which will often appear without warning.


Children play on piles of ropes and nets as generations of Faroese people gather in a shipyard for the cutting and distributing of whale meat after the grindadráp in the town of Syðrugøtu. The young adults of the Faroe Islands, although they typically eventually return back to their homeland, often leave the country to study at university. Many students study in Denmark because the education is free, and others often go to England.


Sam Gleรฐisheygg, 10, experiments This particular grindadrรกp had a k also given to hospitals and the poo was necessary for the population t


s with cutting whale blubber during a whale hunt, or grindadráp, in the village of Syðrugøtu in the Faroe Islands. kill of 204 whales, which is distributd among the people of Syðrugøtu and never sold for profit. Leftover meat is or. The grindadráp is an important yet controversial tradition to the Faroese people, dating back to times when it to survive. Today it is still practiced but criticized by environmental groups like Greenpeace.


Jóannes Heimustovu filets a fish in his home in Klaksvík after a successful fishing trip with his cousin’s h it is good to know exactly where your food comes from and how it was prepared. “If you are living in a bi the freezer,” said Heimustovu. “You are human and you’ve done nothing wrong. But I have been killing c ter person if I go to the shop and buy it.”


husband, Josias Jacobsen. Heimustovu believes that a connection to one’s food is important and thinks ig city, the only thing you learn about is the right thing to do is go to the shop and buy beef and meat in cows and am killing lambs. And I am never happy to do it. But somebody has to and I will not be a bet-


Josias Jacobsen throws out an anchor as Torfinn Andreasen, 15, looks his father and siblings are in that line of business, along with all of his Torfinn will end schooling after high school and take after his father on


s on during a fishing trip from Klaksvík to collect fishing bait. Torfinn is the son of a long line of fishermen, as both s father’s family. Torfinn’s brother works at a large and profitable salmon farm on the islands. It is predicted that n a small fishing boat. Fishing is the biggest industry in the Faroe Islands and also its biggest export.


A Faroese woman stands in front of the harbor in Klaksvík as a rowing comp and Guðrun, a local Faroese clothing store from Tórshavn. This particular s the culture of the Faroe Islands due to the year-round chilly climate, and the


petition goes on in the water behind her. The sweater she is wearing is a traditional Faroese knit made by Guðrun sweater became very famous after being featured in the Danish TV crime drama, “The Killing.” Knitting is a part of e knits have been passed down and are actually considered quite fashionable today.


A child sleeps outside of its home in the streets of T贸rshavn. Faroese parents often leave their babies outside of their houses to sleep, as they believe the children sleep better outside and the fresh air is good for them. The Faroe Islands is considered to be a very safe place by locals, so none worry about someone hurting their child.

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Land of Yesteryear  

A look at the culture of the country of the Faroe Islands and how unique traditions are passed on from generation to generation.

Land of Yesteryear  

A look at the culture of the country of the Faroe Islands and how unique traditions are passed on from generation to generation.

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