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An Eventful Autumn in Siida

Aug 26, 2011 11:09 AM

The busy summer is over and autumn winds make the air fresh. Little by little, the autumn leaf colour show, ruska, takes over, providing us with great conditions for hiking, fishing and other excursions in the midst of nature. Siida’s autumn holds many interesting events that focus on culture and nature.

On September 2, the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida will be bustling with life, when we celebrate both the national Archaeology Day and the international DIP Day, or Dye in Public Day. The public will be introduced to the work of archaeologists by archaeologist Eija Ojanlatva from the Sámi Cultural Environment Unit and by archaeologist Juha-Pekka Joona. Schools are the main target group of the Archaeology Day.

On DIP Day, colours that can be obtained from wild plants give us pleasure. The acronym, DIP, comes from the words "Dyeing in Public". In Inari, the day will be celebrated in Siida's Sámi lodge, Gámme, and its vicinity. Pots will be humming with yarn that is being dyed, and the celebration is a good opportunity to learn about vegetable dyeing and the wild plants and mushrooms that can be used for this purpose. The event is arranged by Metsähallitus’ Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida and Oda Koivisto, a local member of the Finnish dyers’ association Värjärikilta.  Dyeing will start at 10 a.m., and the fires will be put out at 7 p.m.00.

On September 3, there will be a Sieidi Seminar in Siida. At the seminar on the holy sites, or siedis, of the Sámi, researchers of general archaeology and biology from the University of Oulu introduce the audience to the most recent study results on the holy sites of Taatsi in Kittilä, Näkkälä in Enontekiö, Seitala in Utsjoki, Lake Nitsijärvi in Inari, and Kirkkopahta and Porviniemi in Muonio.  The seminar is connected with a cooperation project between the fields of general archaeology and biology in the University of Oulu; the project was called “Human-animal relationships among Finland's Sámi 1000–1800 AD: DNA and stable isotope analyses of bones from ritual sites”, and it was funded by the Academy of Finland.

On September 4, there will be a mushroom excursion in the neighbourhood of Siida. During this excursion arranged by the Nature Centre, we will learn to identify a range of edible mushrooms.  The excursion is free. After the excursion, it is possible to prepare food from the mushrooms that we have picked and taste the different dishes together. There will be a fee of 5 euros on the meal session. The mushroom excursion will start by the Siida Building at noon. The food will be made in Gámme by the main building from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the food session at Siida’s customer service, tel. +358 (0)205 64 7740 at the latest on Friday, 2 September 2011.

The European Heritage Day is an annual autumn event which opens doors to valuable buildings and other interesting places all around Europe. In Finland, the Heritage Day is now celebrated for the 20th time. This year, the them will be cultural routes. On September 7, we will learn about the cultural routes of the village of Inari, guided by Matti Lehtola, a specialist in the locality. More information about the event will be available soon.

You can find out more about all these events in the calendar of Siida’s website and at Siida's customer service. Welcome on an autumn excursion to Siida!

Siida - Sámi Museum and Nature Centre, Inarintie 46, FI-99870 Inari, tel. +358 (0)400 898 212, www.siida.fi, siida@samimuseum.fi, siida@metsa.fi

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