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Siida’s new temporary exhibition tells about the diversity of modern Sámi culture

Apr 30, 2018 02:13 PM

The Eleven Images of Sámi Life Today -exhibition will be opened in Siida on 9 April 2018 and it will be available for the public until 11 November 2018. The exhibition depicts the present circumstances of twentyseven Sámi from their own points of view. Through photographs, videos and stories told by these people themselves, the exhibition introduces the public to the diversity of Sámi culture, but also to the common features in the ways in which the different people experience the world.

Siida’s new temporary exhibition tells about the diversity of modern Sámi culture

One of the interviewees, Semen Bolsjunov. Photo: Ola Røe

The exhibition spotlights the vitality of Sámi culture, but also the doubts, choices and polarities individual Sámi have as concerns being Sámi. The Sámi of the exhibition are shown as modern representatives of an indigenous people.

Jorunn Eikjok, a social anthropologist and cultural producer, has interviewed twentyseven Sámi from four countries for the Eleven Images of Sámi Life Today exhibition. The Sámi groups represented by them are the Lule, Skolt, North, South and Kildin Sámi. Half of the interviewees can speak their native Sámi language. Photographer Ola Røe has photographed the interviewees and all the other visual material of the exhibition.

The exhibition has been produced by the Várjját Sámi Museum in Norway and adjusted to Siida jointly by the Sámi Museum Siida and Eikjok and Røe. The exhibition is financed by the Saami council.

Further information: Anna-Leena Pyylampi, Exhibition Coordinator, anna-leena.pyylampi@samimuseum.fi, tel. +358 40 756 7637

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

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