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Employees appointed for the Sámi Cultural Environment Unit

Jan 18, 2011 10:45 AM

The Sámi Museum has appointed an archaeologist and a project coordinator for the new Sámi Cultural Environment Unit.

Eija Ojanlatva, an M.A. and archaeologist from Inari, has been chosen as the archaeologist of the Sámi Cultural Environment Unit pilot project funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Earlier, Ojanlatva has worked, for instance, as a special planner in projects of Metsähallitus on inventories of the cultural environment.

Päivi Magga, an M.A. from Vuotso, Sodankylä, was appointed as the project coordinator for the project Living Environment (Ealli biras – Elävä ympäristö) funded by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF. Magga has earlier worked, for instance, as the coordinator of the Sámi part of the project Focusing on the Cultural Environments of Lapland, which was run by the Centre for the Environment in Lapland.

Eija Ojanlatva will start in her job in February 2011 and Päivi Magga on 1 March 2011.There was one person who applied for the position of the archaeologist; for the job of the project coordinator of the project Living Environment, there were three applicants.

The Sámi Cultural Environment Unit project – funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture – will draw up an operations scheme for the new Cultural Environment Unit jointly by the Sámi Parliament, the National Board of Antiquities and the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) in Lapland.  Already during the pilot project, the National Board of Antiquities will delegate some of its official duties dealing with the management of heritage sites to the unit located in Inari. Such official responsibilities concern the sustaining of archaeological heritage in the Sámi Area. The pilot project will employ an archaeologist with expertise in the archaeology and the cultural environments of the Sámi Area.

At the same time, the Sámi Museum Siida launches the project Living Environment (Ealli biras - Elävä ympäristö), which has been granted funding from ERDF. The funding is provided by the Regional Council of Lapland, and the project lasts for 2.5 years. The project aims at creating a Sámi Cultural Environment Program for the Sámi ­Area, taking more inventories of heritage sites, providing an exhibition on Sámi cultural sites and built heritage, and drawing up an administrative model for the management of Sámi heritage sites. The project will be led by a project coordinator who has a good knowledge of Sámi cultural environments.

The Sámi Cultural Environment Unit will have its office in the vicinity of Siida, in facilities rented from the company Näkkäläjärvi Ky.

Further information:
Museum Director Tarmo Jomppanen, tel +358 (0)400 167 806, tarmo.jomppanen(at)samimuseum.fi

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

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