Homecoming Jubilee celebrates the repatriation of museum artefacts

The Sámi Museum Siida will celebrate the homecoming of the Sámi collection from the National Museum of Finland by arranging an open celebration on Thursday, 9 September 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Restaurant Sarrit, in the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida in Inari.

The Sámi collection of the Finnish National Museum will come to Inari this autumn, and now is the time to celebrate. The return of the collection, or repatriation, is a result of years of cooperation between the National Museum and the Sámi Museum Siida. The Sámi collection of the National Museum of Finland comprises over 2000 items that were collected in 1830–1998. The Sámi Museum will place the collection in its new collections unit that was completed in the spring of 2021. The repatriation, the new collections unit and Siida’s renovation will enable us to do new kind of communal collection work and artefact research.

At the jubilee, there will be a photograph show of the items, and some of the actual artefacts can also be viewed on the spot. In addition, our cooperation partners will extend their greetings, and local Sámi artists will perform. The occasion will be held in Finnish and Sámi.

We will follow the valid coronavirus restrictions during the celebration, so there is a limit to the number of people that can participate. Come to Siida only if you have no coronavirus symptoms. We recommend that you wear a face mask in Siida.

The Homecoming jubilee will be streamed. If you are not able to come to Siida, you can arrange your own nice communal event, for example in your own livingroom.

The Sámi Museum Siida is delighted to welcome everyone to the celebration. At Restaurant Sarrit coffee will be served.


Further information:

Repatriation:  Anni Guttorm, Curator, tel. +358 400 891 860, anni.guttorm(at)samimuseum.fi

Event organised by: Pia Nikula, Audience Development, tel. +358 40 621 2663, pia.nikula(at)samimuseum.fi