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The Sámi Museum Siida gets resources for the management of Sámi cultural environments

Jan 03, 2011 01:55 PM

A Sámi Cultural Environment Unit will be established at the Sámi Museum Siida. The founding of the unit has been made possible by two separate projects, the pilot project A Sámi Cultural Environment Unit (Saamelainen kulttuuriympäristöyksikkö) that has been financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the project Living Environment (Ealli biras – Elävä ympäristö) that has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Sámi Cultural Environment Unit will start its activities on 2 February 2011. The pilot project will last until 31 December 2013, and the aim is to run the unit on a permanent basis after that.

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 Museum Siida aims at developing its sphere of activities so that, in the field of museums, duties dealing with Sámi culture will be transferred to the Sámi Museum. The founding of a Sámi Cultural Environment Unit will take us closer to attaining this objective, promoting at the same time Sámi cultural self-government in the management of responsibilities in the field of museums.

Further information:
Tarmo Jomppanen, Museum Director, 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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