Indigenous Sámi Culture and Connection to the Land in Arctic Europe

Indigenous Sámi Culture and Connection to the Land in Arctic Europe
Indigenous Sámi Culture and Connection to the Land in Arctic Europe

The UW's Comparative History of Ideas Program in cooperation with American Indian Studies Department offers UW students a study abroad program about the indigenous Sámi culture and connection to the land in Arctic Europe. Courses in the program are cross-listed in Scandianvian Studies, as well. The program will bring students to the Norwegian side of Sápmi in order to study and encounter Sámi place-based culture and ways of knowing, and some of the complex ways in which these have interacted with majority, colonial culture and institutions. The program will travel to the small coastal community of Gáivuotna/Kåfjord, where students will attend the annual Sámi-hosted Indigenous music and cultural festival Riddu Riđđu. In addition to experiencing a variety of yoik and other cultural performances, students will also have ample opportunity to interact with Sámi attendees and performers, and to see how the Sámi situate their own artistic traditions within a larger global Indigenous context. Instructors are Professor Christopher Teuton (UW American Indian Studies) and Sámi Studies scholar Professor Troy Storfjell (PLU). Learn more at an information session on Thurs., Jan. 14, 2-3PM in Padelford C-101.