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Seto Leelo Choir of Varska Estonia

Enjoy folk and ethnic music? Click video link to listen to the traditional sounds of the Seto people of southeastern Estonia! Their leelo singing is an ancient polyphonic style of music that is part of Estonian heritage and has been recognized by UNESCO as an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Sung largely by female choirs in a type of 'call and response' style, many of the songs involve constant improvisation.Enjoy BCD’s photo montage accompanied by music of the Seto Women’s Choir from the village of Varska.

Seto Leelo Choir of Varska Estonia

Maria Michelson on Rich Cultural Traditions of Kihnu Estonia

Do you feel there is something special & different about island life? Then you'll connect with this powerful Q & A with Estonian anthropologist who shares the unique culture, heritage and ancient practices of remote Kihnu Island, as well as reflecting on our shared human need for balance. Kihnu's cultural traditions are inscribed on UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity--read to find out why!

Maria Michelson on Rich Cultural Traditions of Kihnu Estonia

Estonia’s Onion Route & Old Believers

On the shores of Lake Peipsi in southeastern Estonia, the Old Believers live on the Onion Route; the history behind their chief crop on the Russian/Estonia border has roots in religious reforms. The Old Believer faith is in rich in traditions: clean & dirty sides of the house, sweet tea ceremony, patterns that tell life stories, symbolic grave markers & cherished Slavonic texts.

Estonia’s Onion Route & Old Believers