My Family's Migration Story/Family Object

by Kerri Bastin

             My maternal and paternal ancestors are Norwegian, although different generations came to North America at different times.  Most of my great-grandparents were born in Norway, with maybe one set on my fatherís side born in Minnesota.  Both sides of my family followed a similar path. From the late 1800ís to the early 1900ís, one by one they boarded ships that brought them to Ellis Island. From there they made their way to Minnesota where most of them started farms. They did not stay for very long, though, before moving their families to Saskatchewan, Canada. Both of my parents, my sister, and I were born in Saskatchewan, as were most of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. When I was 3 years old, my parents moved us to a small town in north central Montana called Havre, but we still spent most of our weekends and summers and all holidays in Canada. I still retain my Canadian citizenship to this day, but have been a permanent resident since I was five. I was close to both sides of my family, and still am today.

                           One object that is a part of our Norwegian heritage is lefse. Lefse is like a large, fairly round, tortilla, except it is made with potatoes. At every holiday and major event we always had lefse. It is normally eaten with butter and sometimes sugar and rolled up. Christmas would not be the same without lefse, or any special occasion for that matter. To this day I still serve lefse at Christmas. It is one object that not only reminds me of my Norwegian roots, but also of all of my ties to my family in Canada.



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