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Author Nordskog, Michael.

Title The opposite of cold : the Northwoods Finnish sauna tradition / Michael Nordskog ; photography by Aaron W. Hautala ; foreword by David Salmela ; introduction by Arnold R. Alanen
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 187 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
Contents Contents; Foreword; Introduction: The Sign of the Finn; Sauna in the New World; Immigrant Saunas in the Lake Superior Region; Finland's Sauna Culture; The North American Lakeside Tradition; The Value of Heat; Keeping the Wood-Fired Sauna Tradition Alive; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index
Summary As many in the north country can attest, one of life's great pleasures resides in the tradition of sauna-sitting in 180-plus-degree heat and throwing cool water on oven-hot stones to create a blast of steam (called löyly), followed by a jump in the lake, standing naked in subzero temperatures (or even a roll in the snow), or just relaxing on the cooling porch. To the uninitiated, there is a strange, alluring mystique to the art of Finnish sauna. But to an ever-increasing number of people-from their small urban saunas to backwoods and lakeside retreats-the culture and practice of Finnish sauna
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 180-181) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Finnish Americans -- Minnesota -- Social life and customs.
Finnish Americans -- Superior, Lake, Region -- Social life and customs
Sauna -- Minnesota -- History.
Sauna -- Superior, Lake, Region -- History
Minnesota -- Social life and customs.
Superior, Lake, Region -- Social life and customs
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Hautala, Aaron W.
ISBN 0816656835 (electronic bk.)
9780816656837 (electronic bk.)