- Student Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 17: New Norway:
The Immigrant Trail
Directed by Tom Radford
Norwegians Anna and Sivert
Westvick immigrated to Canada in 1912. They dreamed of building a new
life on the Canadian prairie. Their legacy started with a general store
in New Norway, and has continued through three generations of close-knit
family heritage and community building.
- Ethnic identity
- Overcoming adversity and
- Choral Music
- Ethnic Identity
- Dirty Thirties/Depression
- New Norway
- To understand the value
of adaptability and determination in being an immigrant settler
- To become aware of immigrant
groups' struggle to maintain their identity
- To understand the hardships
faced by new immigrant settlers during the Depression
- On a map of Alberta, locate
New Norway and identify any other places in that area that you think
might be associated by name with the Norwegians.
- Observe the city, township,
street, school, or place names where you live. Make a map with inserted
images and text revealing the heritage (date, namesake and historical
significance) of these places, buildings and landmarks.
- Research how the Depression
hit harder in western Canada than central Canada. How are the two region's
economies distinctive from one another even to this day? Using a map
of Canada draw in icons representing what drives the economy, and what
threatens it, in each province.
- Consider why music played
such an important role in the Westvick family. Consult with your music
teacher and select three songs that were written to unite or tell the
story of an ethnic group. Study the lyrics and write a short history
explaining each song.
- Talk to your parents, grandparents
or relatives about your family heritage. Try to trace any traditions
or family folklore that have been passed down through the years. Write
a story or prepare a demonstration or sample for the class.