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By the Fire: Sámi Folktales & Legends

  • Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University Seattle (map)

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

Earlier Event: June 2
Sámi Music & Talk on KAOS 89.3