http://www.charlottesblogshop.com/about-the-sami- Sami family in Norway ca. 1900 bracelets/history-sami-braceletshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people http://www.imaginenative.org/program.php?id=97 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people
The Sámi• The Sámi are western Europe’s only recognized indigenous people.• Their homeland, Sápmi, extends across the northern regions of Norway, Sweden, and Finland and the Kola Peninsula. http://winterwijs.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/lapland.jpg
The Sámi People Traditions in Transitions• Presenting both traditional and modern Sámi culture and practices, Veli-Pekka Lehtola addresses the way the Sámi have responded to encroachment by non Sámi peoples and to assimilation pressures.• After reading about the variety of traditional life ways among the Sámi, we will focus on the cultural revitalization that has taken place since the 1970s.
Themes• Relationship between the Sámi and the land• Diversity in traditional Sámi life ways• 19th and 20th century assimilation pressures• Cultural awakening and political activism• Sámi cultural revitalization
Questions to consider as you read• What similarities and differences do you notice between the cultures of the Sámi and northern North American indigenous peoples?• What similarities and differences do you notice in the histories of encounters between the Nordic and the North American indigenous peoples and “western” peoples?• Why do you think the Sámi have been fairly effective in their demands for recognition since the 1970s?