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Ijahis Idja Seminar

Aug 16, 2012 09:40 AM

In 2012, the indigenous peoples’ music festival Ijahis Idja has the play of wind as its theme. In the seminar at Sajos in Inari, we will hear about new winds in the sphere of indigenous music. The speakers of the seminar come from Greenland, Finland, Norway and the Komi Republic.

In the seminar, Vuokko Hirvonen, a professor from the Sámi University College in Kautokeino, Norway, will reflect on what it means to search for and to find the lost yoik and the process such a search can lead to. Through the yoiks of one’s own family or region, one can find a new connection to one’s relatives. Reviving yoiks that one has thought of as something lost means a great deal for one’s identity. Hirvonen will examine the issue from a Nordic point of view.

Biret Ristin Sara from Karasjok, Norway, masters both the traditional and new ways of yoiking. The traditional way of singing is not automatically passed down from generation to generation – something that Sara, a teacher of yoiking herself, knows well. In addition to her address at the seminar, Sara will teach the traditional way of yoiking at children's and young people's workshops at Ijahis Idja. At the seminar, Sara will show the audience how the tradition can be passed down at home but also in public forums: in schools and in connection with different events.

The guests of the seminar come from far and near – some as far as the Komi Republic. The members of the Komi Group present their music through dance and singing. Sergei Gabov will deal with the relationship Komi young people have to their music tradition. From Greenland, the festival will have as its guests the band Nanook. It’s song makers Christian and Fredrik Elsner will also participate in the seminar, in which they will tell about indigenous features in their music.

At this international seminar, the Finnish, Sámi, English and Russian languages will be used. Interpretation will be available for the audience.

The seminar is arranged by the Sámi Museum Siida, Sámi Education Institute and Giellagas-Institute.

Ijahis Idja music seminar is open and free for everybody. Welcome!

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

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