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Ijahis Idja Seminar on 20 August 2011 from noon to 4 p.m.

Aug 18, 2011 12:29 PM

This year, the seminar of the Ijahis Idja music festival has the voices of the earth as its theme. The theme reflects the special connection that indigenous peoples have to the land and the way in which the nature around them affects their music.

The oral tradition which has passed down information on the cultural environment, too, from one generation to another is an integral part of the Sámi cultural heritage. Thus, places play a special role in the music and the narrative tradition of the Sámi: yoiks on persons often mention a place that is of importance for the person, but places can also have their own yoiks or stories.

In the seminar, “the voices of the earth” are approached through music and speeches. The seminar in Siida looks at Sámi and Tuvan music from the points of view of the cultural environment and the passing down of tradition.

The guests of the seminar come from far and near – throat singer Igor Koshkendei from as far as Tuva, Southern Siberia. Tuvan throat singing is a special way of singing that has aroused a great deal of international interest; in it, the singer can produce several notes at the same time. Tuva is still the core area of throat singing in the world. In the seminar, we will hear about the tradition and challenges of this way of singing. Koshkendei is one of the most famous throat singers of Tuva and also internationally well-known. He has been granted the appreciated title of Khoomeyzhi. Koshkendei masters all the khoomei styles and won the Central Asian Grand Prix III.

Marko Jouste from the Giellagas Institute will analyze how the connection between people and the land is visible in the Sámi tradition that has been recorded in Finnish tape recording archives. He will take up the tradition of reminiscence and regional traditional music styles as his examples. Jouste is a music researcher, who has specialized in studying the historical music traditions of the Sámi and Sámi archival material. His doctoral dissertation for the University of Tampere deals with the historical music tradition of the Inari Sámi. Jouste is also a guitar teacher and a musician, who has also played in the groups Vilddas and Ulda.

Tiina Aikio, or Gábe Piera Jovnna Risten, a musician and reindeer herder from Vuotso, and Juhani Magga, or Guhtur Niillas Juhán, a reindeer herder from Huuhkaja, Ivalo, will have a conversational speech/music performance that will focus on what the yoik tells about the landscape, places and the people who have lived in them. Tiina Aikio has been documenting the yoiking tradition of Lappi Reindeer-Herding District. In 2011, she released the first CD of yoiks from the Vuotso area, the CD Gilonanoaivvis – Kiilopäällä. Aikio will tell the audience about rediscovering the concealed yoik tradition of her home region. As for Juhani Magga, yoiking has always been part of his life, and he has been one of the tradition-bearers that Aikio has interviewed during the documentation. Magga also performs on the CD Gilonanoaivvis. In the seminar, these two reindeer herders from two generations meet. In their speech, Aikio and Magga shed light on what it means to reclaim the yoik as part of one’s everyday life; they also deal with the meaning of yoiking as a basis of Sámi identity and as a way of finding one’s roots.

Wimme Saari, or Gárena Piera Gáren-Ánná Ránse, comes from Kelottijärvi in the north-western corner of Finland. In his childhood, the family lived in a subsistence economy. The summers were characterized by the earmarking of reindeer calves, fishing and berry picking. In the seminar, Wimme will approach the theme of “the voices of the earth” through his own experiences as a musician. He will tell about the role that the important places of his childhood have in his music. What does it feel like to yoik a place? Does yoiking a place take you there? Wimme is a musician whose production is strongly based on the traditional yoik. He was awarded the 2011 Teosto Prize for his newest record Mun, which is his sixth album and an international success.

Ijahis idja – The Nightless Night is an indigenous music festival, which also includes a music seminar held at the Sámi Museum Siida. This year, the festival is arranged for the seventh time. At the beginning of 2011, a Sámi cultural environment unit was founded in Siida. The theme of this year’s music seminar – “Voices of the Earth” – is also connected with the activities of the Cultural Environment Unit.

The seminar is held in the Finnish, North Sámi and Russian languages. Interpretation is available for the audience.

The seminar is arranged by the Sámi Museum Siida/Sámi Cultural Environment Unit.



12.00              Welcome!

12.10–13.00     Igor Koshkendei: Tuvan music tradition and landscape

13.00–13.45     Marko Jouste: The connection between the people and the land in the Sámi tradition of Finnish tape recording archives

13.45–14.15     Coffee

14.15–15.00     Tiina Aikio and Juhani Magga: Tracing yoiks: On the yoiks of the Vuotso area

15.00–15.30     Wimme Saari: The important places of childhood as the inspiration and source of music making

Comments and discussion

15.55 –16.00    Closing of the seminar

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