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By the Fire: Sámi Folktales & Legends

  • Nordic Museum 2655 Northwest Market Street Seattle (map)

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

Earlier Event: March 21
Gáhkku, Potluck & Kautokeino Uprising
Later Event: May 26
Annual PSS Picnic