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BY THE FIRE event at the Scandinavian Cultural Center with Barbara Sjoholm

When Jun 16, 2019
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Anderson University Center, 12180 Park Ave. S, Parkland, WA 98447
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By the Fire (Emilie Demant Hatt and Barbara Sjoholm)Barbara Sjoholm will be at the Scandinavian Cultural Center on Sunday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m. for a presentation and signing of her translation of Emilie Demant Hatt's By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends.


These stories, collected by the Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) during her travels in the early twentieth century among the nomadic Sami in Swedish Sápmi, grant entry to a fascinating world of wonder and peril, of nature imbued with spirits, and strangers to be outwitted with gumption and craft. This first English publication of By the Fire is at once a significant contribution to the canon of world literature, a unique glimpse into Sami culture, and a testament to the enduring art of storytelling.


"When the darkness draws [the Sami] to the campfire, when the stew kettle hangs on its sooty chain and steam and smoke rise up through the tent opening to the clouds and night sky, then rest comes, memories slip in, like dreams to a sleeper. . . . The spirit of Fairy Tale perches at the edge of the hearth. The fire hisses, the flames flare and die back. . . Outside in the deepest night wander the dead, the spirits, the evil thoughts one person sends another. . . Here inside the tent is the campfire; here is home, the great safe place." —Emilie Demant Hatt, from the Introduction


"By the Fire offers insights into the fascinating Sami storytelling tradition at a time when folk beliefs met Christianity—where motifs from Cinderella and legends about sea monsters intertwine in milieus as diverse as icy mountains and tobacco fields. Barbara Sjoholm's translation renders these wonderful stories in all their darkness and power." —Coppélie Cocq, Umeå University

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