FROM LAPLAND TO SÁPMI virtual event with Scandinavia House and Barbara Sjoholm

Barbara Sjoholm will join Scandinavia House for a virtual talk on her new book, FROM LAPLAND TO SAPMI, on Tuesday, April 18.
When Apr 18, 2023
from 19:00 PM to 20:00 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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A cultural history of Sápmi and the Nordic countries as told through objects and artifactsBarbara Sjoholm will join Scandinavia House for a virtual discussion of her new book, From Lapland to Sápmi: Collecting and Returning Sámi Craft and Culture, on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. CST (7:00 EST). Please register for the (free!) event in advance here.

The story of the Indigenous Sámi living in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia unfolds across borders and centuries, in museums and private collections. Deftly written and amply illustrated, From Lapland to Sápmi brings to light the history of collecting, displaying, and returning Sámi material culture, as well as the story of Sámi creativity and individual and collective agency.  

"An important contribution to Sámi stories of loss, recovery, and the struggle for equality, as well as the right to manage one’s own cultural heritage on one’s own terms. As Barbara Sjoholm charts the transformation of Lapland to Sápmi in objects, joiks, and storytelling, Sámi voices emerge to share essential aspects of their history. As we say in Sápmi, ‘Čálli giehta ollá guhkás—A writing hand reaches far.’"—Káren Elle Gaup, coeditor of Bååstede: The Return of Sámi Cultural Heritage

"Barbara Sjoholm’s From Lapland to Sápmi chronicles in vivid words and images the colonial encounters of Sámi and non-Sámi as told through the objects, images, and recordings that eventually became sequestered in Nordic museums and archives. It also tells the inspiring story of efforts to recover and return these items to their rightful communities as part of Sámi decolonization and self-determination."—Thomas A. DuBois, coauthor of Sámi Media and Indigenous Agency in the Arctic North

"Fascinating and important, From Lapland to Sápmi presents a nuanced and enlightening look at the cultural history of objects and collections originating in Sápmi. With rich detail and riveting storytelling, Barbara Sjoholm presents a diverse picture of the north and its entangled histories of collecting in Sápmi. I heartily recommend it for students and scholars."—Trude Fonneland, The Arctic University Museum of Tromsø