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The Sámi Narrative Tradition
Cosmopolitans on the Arctic Tundra

ISBN 9781032053554
Published November 18, 2021 by Routledge
126 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book sets out to document and analyse the Sámi narrative tradition. It considers the worldviews inherent in the narratives and links them to traditional cosmology and other cultural expressions (such as joik and duodji). The chapters address a variety of issues, including care for children, the perception of nature, disputes over land and natural resources, local justice, the spiritual world of everyday life, and Læstadianism. Sketching Sámi history and the cultural context of storytelling, Nergård also considers the modern challenge for the narrative tradition. Drawing on long-term fieldwork and research, the volume is valuable reading for Indigenous studies and disciplines such as anthropology.

Table of Contents


1 Nature, Animals and People

2 The Narrative Tradition

3 The Messenger

4 Leaving a Child Behind

5 The Voice of Common Properties

6 The Narratives about the Noaidi

7 The Spiritual Aftermath

8 The Spirituality transferred to Læstadianism

9 Narratives on Local Justice

10 The Gaze of Future in the Past

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Jens-Ivar Nergård is Professor Emeritus at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.