620 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    620 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a comprehensive and multifaceted analysis of the Sámi society and its histories and people, offering valuable insights into how they live and see the world.

    The chapters examine a variety of social and cultural practices, and consideration is given to environment, legal and political conditions and power relations. The contributions by a range of experts of Sámi studies and Indigenous scholars are drawn from across the Sápmi region, which spans from central Norway and central Sweden across Finnish Lapland to the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Sámi perspectives, concepts and ways of knowing are foregrounded throughout the volume. The material connects with wider discussions within Indigenous studies and engages with current concerns relating to globalization, environmental and cultural change, Arctic politics, multiculturalism, postcolonialism and neoliberalism.

    The Sámi World will be of interest to scholars from a number of disciplines, including Indigenous studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, history and political science.

    Introduction: Introduction to the Sámi world

    Sanna Valkonen, Saara Alakorva, Áile Aikio and Sigga-Marja Magga


    1 A window into vanishing Sámi culture? Visual representations of Sáminess in the shared Siida exhibition by Sámi Museum Siida and Northern Lapland’s Nature Centre

    Áile Aikio

    2 Gákti on the pulse of time: The double perspective of the traditional Sámi dress

    Sigga-Marja Magga

    3 Skolt Saami Leuʹdd: Tradition as a medium of individual and collective remembrance

    Marko Jouste

    4 Trickster blurring expectations and values of Sámi community: Author Jovnna-Ánde Vest reshaping Sámi muittašangirjjálašvuohta (reminiscence literature)

    Hanna Helander and Veli-Pekka Lehtola

    5 The river breaks – and freezes: Sámi women in Laestadianism Torjer A. Olsen

    6 From History to Herstory of the Sámi world: Proposing a feminist approach to the settlement history of Finnish Lapland

    Saara Alakorva, Ritva Kylli and Jarno Valkonen

    7 Caught in the state’s net? Ecologies of care in Deanuleahki, Sápmi

    Annikki Herranen-Tabibi

    8 Defi ning the Sámi cultural environment: New perspectives for fieldwork

    Päivi Magga

    9 Frustrated caretakers: Sámi egg gatherers and cloudberry pickers

    Solveig Joks

    10 Sámi food culture: Traditional practices and contemporary challenges

    Lena Maria Nilsson

    11 Understanding Sámi reindeer herders’ knowledge systems of snow and ice

    Inger Marie Gaup Eira

    12 Issues of Sámi representation in Finnish tourism: A quest for authenticity Nuccio Mazzullo


    13 The futures of Sami languages

    Leena Huss and Anna-Riitta Lindgren

    14 Residential schooling of the Sámi in the Soviet Union: Historical development and impacts

    Anna Andersen

    15 The Sámi in the spiral of negative social developments of the Soviet North

    Lukas Allemann

    16 Changing states, changing Sámi? Framing the state and the Sámi in studies of history in Finland and Norway 1923–1954

    Jukka Nyyssönen

    17 The Sámi fl ag(s): From a revolutionary sign to an institutional symbol
    Saara Alakorva

    18 Who are ‘We, the People’? A comparative analysis of the right to register in the Sámi electoral roll in Finland, Norway and Sweden

    Ulf Mörkenstam, Per Selle and Sanna Valkonen

    19 Toxic speech, political self-Indigenization and the ethics and politics of critique: Notes from Finland

    Laura Junka-Aikio

    20 The history and current situation of discrimination against the Sámi

    Ketil Lenert Hansen

    21 Municipal politics in the Sámi homeland in Finland

    Vesa Puuronen

    22 The Stockholm Sámi administrative area and Indigenous resurgence

    Karin Eriksson

    23 The role of the Sámi media in democratic processes: The Arctic Railway in Yle Sápmi and NRK Sápmi

    Inker-Anni Sara, Torkel Rasmussen and Roy Krovel

    24 The Áltá and Deatnu confl icts and the articulations of nature

    Tapio Nykänen


    25 The history of the hybrid Sámi media system

    Torkel Rasmussen, Inker-Anni Sara and Roy Krovel

    26 ‘It should be her language’: New speakers of Sámi languages transmitting the language to the next generation

    Annika Pasanen

    27 Ládjogahpir rematriated: Decolonization of the Sámi women’s hat of pride

    Eeva-Kristiina Nylander

    28 Sámi research ethics under construction

    Anna-Lill Drugge

    29 Driving around with Aunt Máret: Historical consciousness of the Sámi in transition

    Veli-Pekka Lehtola

    30 The characteristics and legal status of Sámi legal tradition and law

    Kristina Labba

    31 Commemorating continuity: Reconciling material representations in Sääʹm land

    Natalia Magnani

    32 Sá mi storytelling through design

    Britt Kramvig and Trine Kvidal-Rovik

    33 Sámi feminist conversations

    Ina Knobblock

    34 Queer Indigenous world-making in the Sámi TV comedy Njuoska bittut

    Kata Kyrölä

    35 The activism of having fun: Young Sámi in urban areas of Norway and Sweden

    Astri Dankertsen

    Epilogue: Ways of being in the world

    Thomas Hylland Eriksen


    Sanna Valkonen is a Sámi scholar and Professor of Sámi Research at the University of Lapland, Finland. She is co-editor of Knowing from the Indigenous North: Sámi Approaches to History, Politics and Belonging (Routledge, 2018).

    Áile Aikio is a Sámi scholar and doctoral candidate of sociology at the University of Lapland, Finland. In her PhD research, Aikio examines indigenization of the museum.

    Saara Alakorva is a Sámi scholar, doctoral candidate of political sciences, and university teacher of Arctic world politics at the University of Lapland, Finland. In her PhD research, Alakorva studies Sámi political history and contemporary Sámi political thinking.

    Sigga-Marja Magga is a Sámi scholar and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Lapland, Finland. Her work focuses on duodji handicraft and duodji epistemes.