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Preserves Herirage — Ássures Future


Winnipeg, föstudagur 25. apríl, 1980




The 61 st Annual Con-

vention of the Icelandic

National League of North

America opened this

morning at the Parish Hall,

The First Lutheran Church

at Victor and Sargent in

Winnipeg. The president of

the League is Johann S.


The Icelandic National

League, with central

organization in Winnipeg

and Chapters in the larger

Icelandic communities in

Canada and the United

States was established in

1919. Its founding principles

were quite similar to those

of   the    Icelandic    Society

jonann S. SiKurason,

prcsident of the Icelandic

National League.

formed in Milwaukee in

1874. The principal ob-

jectives of the League have

been those of maintaining

active interest in the

Icelandic heritage in North

America and of preserving

our ties with Iceland.

For half a century the

League published its annual

journal called Timarit Th-

jodraeknisfelags Islendinga 1

Vesturheimi. This journal

contained not only detailed

reports on the Leagues

activities           and           ac-



The consensus of opinion

was that author, director

and cast had done a truly

splendid job.

The two sponsors of the

showing deserve much

praise         for         thorough

promotional work and for

creating an occasion on

which the University of

Winnipeg could honour a

famous alumnus and give his

fellow Manitobans and New

Icelanders an opportunity of

saluting him.

At a reception held in the

University Auditorium after

the showing, Mayor of

Gimli, Ted Arnason, ad-

dressed Valgardson and

presented him with a

commemorative plaque from

the people of his town.

It is no exaggeration to

say that the salute to

Valgardson signified one of

the   .•    most          important

milestones in the history of

Icelandic   Canadian

literature   in  this   century.

The festival program

contained      among      other

On the  evening  of April

15,      The * University      of

Winnipeg      Alumni

Association         and         the

Manitoba Department of

Education staged a premiere

showing of two films based

on the works and thé life of

W. D. Valgardson.

All the University theatres

were filled to capacity with

altogether 1200 people in


complishments but also

some of the most significant

writings in Icelandic by

North American-Icelandic

authors and schplars.

The first executive

committee of the League

consisted of President,

Reverend             ROgnvaldur

Petursson:    Vice-President,

Jon Bildfell:  Secretary, Dr.

Sigurdur   Jul.   Johannesson,-

and Treasurer Asmundur P.


Of a number of League

officers who served for a

number of decades were Dr.

Richard Beck former

president and Grettir

Johannsson former Counsul

General   of   Iceland,    who

held the öi'fice of treasurer

longer than anyone else.

Indeed he has been strongly

associated with the ad-

ministration of the League

from its very beginnings to

this day.

Until a few years ago, all

the meetings of the Icelandic

National League were

conducted in Icelandic.

Bearing in mind that several

of         the          convention's

delegates were finding it

increasingly difficult to

understand Icelandic, the

executive                committpfi

eventually decided to

conduct all its meetings in

English. For the last decade,

members    of   'the    League

executive have taken it upon

themselves to organize tours

to Iceland. Not only have

these tours been quite

popular, but they have also

been singularly effective iri

bringing          the          North

American Icelanders closer

to their land of origin.

As stated above, the

Icelandic National League is

a central administrative

body for a number of clubs

and societies. It is therefore

the logical representative of

a great number of people, a

fact recognized by the

Government of Iceland on a

number of important oc-


things the following in-


William                 Dempsey

Valgardson is the author of

three collections of short


(1973), God is NOT A FISH

INSPECTOR (1975) and Red

Dust (1978), and one novel,


all published by Oberon

Press — and a volume of


SHED (1976), published by

Turnstone Press. For many

years his stories, poems and

articles have appeared

regularly in periodicals in

Canada and the United

States, ranging from

learned journals - and

magazines         to          mass-

circulation giants. His

stories have won prizes,

been anthologized, and been

broadcast on CBC radio and


Bill Valgardson has

worked honestly and

strenuously to give to the

truth of his imaginative

experience a form that

would convey its force and

flavour distinctively and

unforgettably to an unusual

variety of readers. As a

teacher in Ganada and the

United States he has

devoted many years to

helping other potential

writers to do the same. A

graduate of United College

and the University of

Manitoba, with a graduate

degree from Iowá State, he

is Director of the Freshman

Program in Department of

Creative Writing at the

University of Victoria.

GOD    IS   NOT    A    FISH

INSPECTOR is a film

adaptation of the title story

of Valgardson's second



takes us behind the scenes

of Valgardson's fiction and

discusses the relationship

between his fictional land-

scape (polluted, as has been

said, by fugitives, heroes,

scoundrels, victims, and

romantics) and the author's

Manitoba background. Here

the saints and scholars of

Gimli debate the existence of

Fusi Bergman, the hero of

God is Not a Fish Inspector.

The two films will be

shown on television-CBC in

Manitoba on April 28th at

10:00 a.m.


fyrsti var í gær,


24. apríl.


Heimskringla óskar

því lesendum sínum

f jær og nær

gleðilegs sumars




Visitors Sigfus Halldorsson, Gudmundur

Gudjonsson and Bill Holm will perform in

the Parish Hail, First Lutheran Church

tonight at 8 o'clock. Admission is $3.00.

Hopefully, a number of people will at-

tend the concert.

The performers have already received

highly complementarys reviews on their

American tour. A good example of this is

Valdimars Bjornson's newsletter published

in this issue.

On Sunday evening at 7:00, the visitors

will participate in a church service at the

First Lutheran Church in Winnipeg.

Sigfus Halldorsson is without question

one of Iceland's most popular composers.

Every Icelander, for example, has known

and sung, on most possible and impossible

occasions, his LITTLE FLY, from the time

he first presented it almost 30 years ago.

THE LITTLE FLY now pays its first formal

visit to Winnipeg.

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