Don't miss the festivities! We're very excited about the Sámi exhibit.
After many years of planning and fundraising, we have begun construction. The modern 57,000-sq. ft. museum and cultural center will be located in the heart of Ballard (on Market Street) and will include a refined layout with expanded exhibition and educational spaces.
Written and directed by Amanda Kernell, and based on the life of her grandmother, this debut film explores the life of Elle-Marja, a 14 year-old indigenous Sami girl (also know as Lapps) who lives in Northern Scandinavia and herds reindeer with her family. When she and her younger sister are forced to attend a Swedish-speaking boarding school, for the first time Elle-Marja experiences the racism and prejudice directed at her heritage and culture that existed in 1930’s Sweden. The Sami children at the special school are routinely exposed to the humiliation of race biology exams, measured like animals, and put on display for visitors.
As Elle-Marja dares to dream of furthering her education, her teacher, whom she idolizes, tells her that the brains of Lapps are smaller and incapable of achieving such a dream. It is her duty “to go back home so her people so their way of life won’t die out.” Faced with returning to this life to which she no longer relates, Elle-Marja denies her heritage, turns her back on her family and changes her name. She flees to Uppsala and tries to pass as Swedish, where she is discovered and humiliated.
Many years pass before Elle-Marja returns to the magnificent steppes of her homeland with her son and grand-daughter to face what she has lost by breaking ties with family, tradition and culture in a culminating – and breath-taking – apotheosis in the magnificent landscape of her homeland.
The film’s director, Amanda Kernell, will be present for the Festival.
Enjoy Sámi Day in the Scandinavian Cultural Center
at Pacific Lutheran University:
122nd St S & Park Ave, Tacoma, WA 98447
The SCC is on the first floor of the Anderson University Center.
Parking is free. You do not need a permit after 5pm.
Film showing: Kautokeino Opprøret (2008)
followed by panel discussion.
Light refreshments provided.
Free and open to the public.
*Our thanks to the Scandinavian Cultural Center for their continued support and making this an annual event on their calendar since 2014.
free admission $30 dinner option, register @ 1-604-294-2777
Saturday, Feb 3
11:00 Doors Open
11:30 Opening Reception
1:00 Dr. Troy Storfjell: Sámi History and Culture
2:15 Anna Lengstrand: Sámi Jewelry and Standing Up for Your
2:45 Julie Whitehorn: Searching for My Sámi Roots
3:30 Movie: Suddenly Sámi
5:00 Social Hour: Cash bar, live folk music
6:00 Sámi Day Celebration Dinner and Anthem
7:00 Marja Bulmer: Culture At Risk: Golden Water from Suttesaja
Sunday, Feb 4
11:00 Doors Open
1:00 Dr. Zita McRobbie: Maintaining Saami Language & Culture:
A Heroic Struggle by 600 Skolts
2:15 Gammel Dansk Folk Band: Tunes and Tales from Sápmi
2:45 Documentary TBA
The festival is sold out, but individual tickets may be available at the door.
The indigenous, Samí rapper Nils Rune Utsi - aka SlinCraze - lives with his mother in Máze, a nearly abandoned town in the Arctic Highlands of Norway. His dream is to make a living from his music and maybe even become world famous. The only problem is that less than 20.000 people speak his endangered language.
An opportunity to hear author Barbara Sjoholm for those on the west side of the Sound!
Barbara Sjoholm has been studying the lives of Demant Hatt and Turi for many years and presents a talk and slide show about their mutual influence and how Sápmi is reflected in their writings and artwork. Copies of Sjoholm’s new biography of Demant Hatt, Black Fox (University of Wisconsin) will be available.
Barbara Sjoholm is the editor and translator of Demant Hatt's narrative With the Lapps in the High Mountains. Her many books include novels about Demant Hatt's youthful romance with Danish composer Carl Nielsen: Fossil Island and The Former World.
Author’s website: http://www.barbarasjoholm.com/
BOOK LAUNCH EVENT Biographer Barbara Sjoholm discusses her new book,BLACK FOX: A LIFE OF EMILIE DEMANT HATT, ARTIST AND ETHNOGRAPHER.
Free event (suggested $5 donation), but please pre-register if possible at https://nordicmuseum.org/events/139123
In the early twentieth century, the Danish artist Emilie Demant Hatt formed an unlikely bond with Johan Turi, a Swedish Sami hunter and would-be writer and artist. She edited and translated his classic work, An Account of the Sami, which included his writings and original drawings. He introduced her to the world of nomadic reindeer herders. Back in Denmark, Demant Hatt wrote her own narrative, With the Lapps in the High Mountains. Author Barbara Sjoholm has been studying the lives of Demant Hatt and Turi for many years and will be giving a talk and slide show presentation about their mutual influence and how Sápmi is reflected in their writings and artwork.
Read more about the book at https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5610.htm
Join us for an engaging presentation by Nordic knitting expert and history teacher Laura Ricketts, author of "Discover the Wonderful World of Sámi Knitting." Laura was inspired to research Sámi knitting after living among the nomadic peoples of Mongolia. She will talk about her travels in Sápmi and show slides. (Laura is in town for the Nordic Knitting Conference, at which she is teaching and giving the keynote address.)
Light refreshments, free parking.