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.
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.
In celebration of the first Sámi national congress, which was opened in Tråante (Trondheim) on February 6, 1917, we invite the community to join us at the Scandinavian Cultural Center on the PLU campus in Tacoma. Check back for more details in January!
The beautiful tree and bird painting is by Sámi artist Solveig Arneng Johnson of Duluth, Minnesota.
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!
Nordic Museum and PSS members can buy tickets at the Member Price.
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.
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.
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.