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Summer Exhibitions open in the Áilegas (Ailikas) Science and Art Centre in Utsjoki

Jul 01, 2013 10:45 AM

The Áilegas Science and Art Centre summer exhibitions will be opened on thursday July 4. The Centre has open doors, and there is coffee from Noon until 6 P.M. One of the summer exhibitions is called "The Sámi Sled", and it has been produced but the Sámi Museum Siida. Another exhibition is a sales exhibition of educational materials, such as school books, that are published but the Finnish Sámi Parliament.

Summer Exhibitions open in the Áilegas (Ailikas) Science and Art Centre in Utsjoki

"The Sámi Sled" exhibition will be open at The Áilegas (Ailikas) Science and Art Centre. Photo: Siida/ M-R Rantamäki

"The Sámi Sled" – Summer exhibition

Until the 1900s, almost all transport of both people and goods in Sápmi, the Land of the Sámi, was carried out by means of individual sleds and caravans of sleds. The most common sled types were the driving sled and the sleds used for transporting goods, that is, the goods or caravan sled and the lockable sled that had a lid. The central role of the sled in Sámi culture is also reflected in the abundant traditional knowledge on it. At the exhibition, the audience will, among other things, learn about how people were buried in sleds; they can also listen to traditional music that describes driving with a sled and become acquainted with the rich vocabulary on using one.

The summer exhibition "The Sámi Sled" is produced by the Sámi Museum Siida, and it tells about the sled pulled by reindeer: about the history and the various types of sleds and how they are made. It also tells about the numerous phases of sled making and presents the vocabulary dealing with the sled and the tools needed for crafting one.

The Áilegas (Ailikas) Science and Art Centre

The Áilegas Science and Art Centre – located in an old, cultural-historically valuable school building in Utsjoki – contains exhibition facilities for the Sámi Museum Siida, an exhibition of educational material produced by the Sámi Parliament, facilities for crafting and other activities, and three offices that can be rented.

The Áilegas Science and Art Centre is open for the public between July 1 and August 1 (1.7.-1.8.) and between August 27 and September 19 (27.8.-19.9.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon to 4 p.m. Entrance to the exhibitions is free. Contact tel.+358 40 181 0292.

Further Information about The Áilegas Science and Art Centre:
Anne Länsman, anne.lansman(at)utsjoki.fi, tel. +358 400 151 294, or +358 40 181 0292

Further Information about exhibition "The Sámi Sled":
Head Curator Arja Jomppanen, arja.jomppanen(at)samimuseum.fi, tel. +358 (0)40 579 3313


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

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