The term “pangea” represents a hypothetical landmass that existed when all the continents were joined. This occurred about 250 million years ago.
True to the origin of its name, the 20th annual Pangea: Cultivate Our Cultures event brought together over 20 countries and celebrated cultural diversity in the Fargo-Moorhead area last Saturday.
In 1994, Yoke-Sim Gunaratne and Irene Hogan founded Pangea. Gunaratne was working with getting services for immigrants and Hogan was new to the area and looking for a service.
“I think it’s (Pangea) great for people to understand others,” said Hogan.
Between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pangea had 18 presentations and performances, including the Polish National Alliance Dancers and Megan Peterson on the hardanger fiddle.
There were more than 20 booths selling products such as clothing, baskets, jewelry, woodcarvings and more. Participants could also have henna done.
Pangea-goers bought food tickets for $1 per ticket to purchase meals from 10 different countries, ranging from Asia and Vietnam, to Haiti and Sri Lanka.
“I thought it would be interesting to see cultures not normally represented,” said Hjemkomst Museum Assistant Petra Gunderson. “But to be honest, I was most excited for the food — I got a Kurdistan combo plate.”
Children had the opportunity to have their photo taken and put on fake passport to collect stamps from all the different countries they visited throughout their day.
The event took place at the Hjemkomst Center, at 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead, MN.
Pangea was hosted by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and was free and open to the public.