Sámi Albmotbeaiivi
5:00 PM17:00

Sámi Albmotbeaiivi

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers will present her award winning documentary, "Bihttoš" (2014), a 14 min, documentary for which she is writer/director/co-producer. It is about her family background of her Sámi father and his activism in ČSV, as well has her mother of the Kainai First Nation in Canada. She will also give a presentation about her family, the film, and her own activism. She may show some of her other films as well.

Elle-Máijá is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Lab and a member of the Embargo Collective II. She was presented with the 2014 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award as an emerging artist in film and new media and was included in CBC’s list of “Indigenous Youth Leaders: 5 Under 30 to Watch in 2015.”


Ingram Hall (PLU) 
1010 122nd St. S. Tacoma, WA 98447

Look for building #10 in the top NW corner of campus

This is a free event.
A reception with light refreshments will be served afterwards, as well as viewing access to a current textiles exhibit which contains a few Sámi textiles from Norway.

Sponsored by the Scandinavian Cultural Center of PLU.

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1:00 PM13:00

What We Believe In: Book discussion with editor Ellen Marie Jensen

Talk with the editor about the book, which includes updated texts on religion, healing practices, and beliefs. The book covers from the time of the Sámi noaidi ("shaman”) up to the present day. Christian noaidevuohta ("shamanism”), followed by an account of the violent persecution of the Sámi pre-Christian way of life in the 1600s and 1700s. Then Laestadianism, the pietistic, Lutheran movement founded by Lars Levi Laestadius in the North and Lule Sámi areas in the middle of the 1850s. Also Sámi folk medicine traditions, which continue to exist alongside modern forms of medicine, thus representing cultural continuity and belief in traditional values from the time of the noaidi.

Light refreshments provided. 
This event is open to the public.



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7:30 PM19:30

Film showing: Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys

Though, on the surface, Aatsinki is the story of a single family, its underlying narrative is one of global consequences and connections. Between their uncanny understanding of the landscape and their reindeer on the one hand, and their heavy reliance on snowmobiles and helicopters on the other, the herders have been categorized as beacons of sustainability and demons of environmentalism – in essence, poster children for simplicity and technology alike. Their story raises weighty questions about what it means to live with the land and invites audience members to reconsider their own assumptions about technology, food production, and, most critically, man’s place in nature. The NYT called it "challenging and mesmerizing."

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