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The Isle of Women

By Linda Tancs

Helen Reddy sang a song entitled I am Woman, which became an anthem. Arguably, nowhere is that iconic song more applicable than the Estonian island of Kihnu. The whole island is, in fact, run by women, a development that evolved historically because seafaring men of the island simply weren’t around to take care of things. Its unique cultural heritage is inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The summer festival calendar offers a great chance to experience the old seafaring traditions and local dance. While you’re there, take the whirlwind, 15-mile tour of the island’s four villages (Kihnu Reesuratas, or Kihnu Travel Wheel) for an orientation.

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