By the Fire: Sámi Folktales & Legends
Jun
16
1:30 PM13:30

By the Fire: Sámi Folktales & Legends

  • Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University (map)
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Fathers, mothers, children and others will enjoy this engaging and unique event on Father’s Day!

Barbara Sjoholm will present her latest book, a translation from the Danish of By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends, and provide the fascinating backstory with slides while local Sámi Americans Marylinda Wilcox and Julie Whitehorn read selected tales. Afterward, Barbara will take questions and sign copies. Books will be available for sale. Cosponsored by the Scandinavian Center and Pacific Sámi Searvi.

The event was a huge success on Mother’s Day at the Nordic Museum in Seattle!

Advance copies may be purchased here.

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.

"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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Sámi Music & Talk on KAOS 89.3
Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Sámi Music & Talk on KAOS 89.3

Following on the successful Sámi-themed show of April 21 (archived here), Raven Redbone generously opened his “Make No Bones About It” timeslot on KAOS community radio for another Sámi show. PSS member and guest DJ Erin Scerin will be back with new music and guest speakers Dr. Astri Dankertson of Nord University (Bødo, Norway) and Julie Whitehorn, president of Pacific Sámi Searvi.

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Annual PSS Picnic
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Annual PSS Picnic

Everyone is welcome at our Annual Picnic! This year we’ll gather at beautiful Camp Long in West Seattle.

Sign up for the potluck (any kind of food is fine but if you want some Sámi recipes, we’ll happily provide!).

Meet PSS members and friends. Bring pets, musical instruments, and lawn games if you wish. Tell stories (or joik!) around the fire, and enjoy the lovely setting.

Picnic shelter with grills and tables
Large lawn for games
Fire circle with seating
Old growth forest with trails
Climbing rock

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By the Fire: Sámi Folktales & Legends
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

By the Fire: Sámi Folktales & Legends

Mothers and others will enjoy this engaging and unique event on Mother’s Day. Have brunch at Freya Cafe and then relax in the Great Hall while Barbara Sjoholm and friends read selections from her latest book By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends. Afterward, Barbara will take questions and sign copies. Books will be available for sale. Cosponsored by the Nordic Museum and Pacific Sámi Searvi.

Advance copies may be purchased here.

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.

"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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Gáhkku, Potluck & Kautokeino Uprising
Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

Gáhkku, Potluck & Kautokeino Uprising

Join Pacific Sámi Searvi members & friends at the Ecovillage Farmhouse. Meet new member Tom from Colorado.

5 pm to bake gáhkku, Sámi flatbread
6 pm for potluck
7 pm for the movie (not appropriate for young kids)

Julie will give a brief introduction to Lars Levi Laestadius before the film. Q&A after.
The event is free, but please register here.

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Sámi Álbmotbeaivi (Sámi National Day)
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

Sámi Álbmotbeaivi (Sámi National Day)

In celebration of the first Sámi national congress, which was opened in Tråante (Trondheim) on February 6, 1917, join PSS members at the event hosted by the Scandinavian Cultural Center on the PLU campus in Tacoma. We understand there will be a guest speaker Melannie Cunningham, a screening of Sámi Blood, and refreshments, all free of charge.

Contact scancntr@plu.edu with any questions!

The beautiful tree and bird painting is by Sámi artist Solveig Arneng Johnson of Duluth, Minnesota.

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OFELAŠ / PATHFINDER Movie Screening
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

OFELAŠ / PATHFINDER Movie Screening

Ofelaš, based on an old Sámi legend, was the first full-length film in Sámi, and is widely considered a classic. It was nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar in 1988 (losing to Babette's Feast). Nils-Aslak Valkeapää had a role in the film and helped write the score. This movie is rarely screened, so don't miss the chance to see it! $5 donation suggested. Space limited. Reserve your seat here.

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Celebrate Solveig!
Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Celebrate Solveig!

To celebrate beloved elder and artist Solveig Arneng Johnson on her 93rd birthday, Sámi and Sámi-Americans everywhere are invited to join, either in person or online, the members of Pacific Sámi Searvi, Báiki, and the Sami Cultural Center in celebration. Look for an event near you, or host one! Then post your photos and greetings on the Facebook page, which will be shared with Solveig.

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Sámi Film MiniFest
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sámi Film MiniFest

What is it about the Sami values, visions, and stories that speak to diverse audiences? Discover for yourself on this day of shorts and documentaries from Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish Sápmi!

The program will include the screening of the documentary Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest, a wide variety of Sami documentaries and shorts, a panel discussion, a tour of the Sámi collection in the Museum’s core exhibit, and happy hour. This is a day you don’t want to miss!

Day passes and tickets are on sale now!

Nordic Museum and PSS members can buy tickets at the Member Price.

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May
27
5:00 PM17:00

How to play the Native flute with Peter Ali at Folklife

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Searvi member Peter Ali is an amazing flutist and teacher. Come enjoy a free, 45-minute class at Folklife! Anyone in the audience (of 4th grade age and above) will have the opportunity to play the Native flute, as Peter has 30 Cedar flutes (Key of A) at his disposal, courtesy of Stellar Flutes. His program offers music, some history and use of the flutes as
well as his own shared story that will hopefully inspire confidence, healing, and a better understanding of diversity and how we are all connected. 

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May
27
5:00 PM17:00

Birds in the Earth (Eatnanvuloš lottit)

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https://www.siff.net/festival/birds-in-the-earth

In this short film, Sámi ballet dancers (Birit Haarla, Katja Haarla) perform the contradiction between nature and modern lifestyle.

Director Marja Helander is a Sámi artist from Finland. Helander's films include "Birds in the Earth," (2018) that recived the Risto Jarva Award at Tampere Film Festival and "Dolastallat," (2016) which won the Kent Monkman award at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival. 

This film is playing as a part of the SIFF series "Through Her Indigenous Eyes," which includes Seattle filmmaker Tracy Rector's film Geoduck.

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Grand Opening of the New Nordic Museum
May
5
to May 6

Grand Opening of the New Nordic Museum

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.

 

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Sámi Blood Screening with Director Amanda Kernell
Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

Sámi Blood Screening with Director Amanda Kernell

Synopsis

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.

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Sámi Álbmotbeaivviin - Sámi National Day
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Sámi Álbmotbeaivviin - Sámi National Day

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. 
 

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Sámi Culture & Design
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Sámi Culture & Design

  • Scandinavian Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

free admission $30 dinner option, register @ 1-604-294-2777
duodji/handicrafts
lávvu/tent exhibit
traditional foods
presentations
workshops
movies
music

Saturday, Feb 3
11:00 Doors Open
11:30 Opening Reception
1:00 Dr. Troy Storfjell: Sámi History and Culture
2:00 Coffee
2:15 Anna Lengstrand: Sámi Jewelry and Standing Up for Your
        People

2:45 Julie Whitehorn: Searching for My Sámi Roots
3:15 Coffee
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

2:00 Coffee
2:15 Gammel Dansk Folk Band: Tunes and Tales from Sápmi
2:45 Documentary TBA

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Arctic Superstar at Big Sky Film Festival
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Arctic Superstar at Big Sky Film Festival

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.

Website: http://www.indiefilm.no/arctic_superstar/

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Book Talk: The Art of Recalling with Barbara Sjoholm

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.

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Author’s website: http://www.barbarasjoholm.com/

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Book Talk: The Art of Recalling with Barbara Sjoholm

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

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Travels in Sápmi: Laura Ricketts

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.

Sponsored by Pacific Sámi Searvi and the Swedish Club

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