Tältä sivulta löydät muutamia Järviseudun alueen vanhoja karttoja, joita on tutkittu Heikki Rantatuvan kanssa haastattelussa Heikki Rantatupa ja vanhat kartat.
I was asked to reflect on the role and state of traditional crafts and culture in the modern world as a part of the “Väinöntalo Eläväksi” project – why has so much changed, especially since the 1950s? Why have so many local traditions and cultural elements disappeared or been replaced by new ones? Have they actually been lost, or is it something else we are witnessing? Why are so many younger people – and often the older generations too – not interested in learning more about local history and traditions?
This is a complex question, but I will briefly share a couple of thoughts on the matter. Very much has indeed changed over the last 50–60 years, among other things, because of urbanisation, TV/radio, and the spread of popular culture. These tendencies have brought along not only new ways of doing things, but also new ways of seeing the world. Although traditional culture(s) are also subject to change, it is generally more inert than modern culture. Change, though, is not necessarily uniform and homogeneous, and culture is also very much a question about ‘class’ or social position, as well as other aspects such as, for example, location (rural/urban, local/national), language (dialect/standard, national/foreign), profession, age, gender and so on. We also need to keep in mind and differentiate between the past vs. the memory of the past. How do we think it was in the past, and how much of this is actually a creation of the present?