Sámis culture explored at American Swedish Institute

  • Article by: Mary Abbe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 22, 2013 - 1:59 PM

The heritage and culture of Scandinavia’s indigenous people are explored in Swedish Institute shows.

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jarlmnFeb. 21, 13 6:36 PM

Meh, there's been far too much blather these days over so-called "cultural appropriation." I can't wait for some Amerindian to wander by the Swedish Institute and start ignorantly howling about the teepee-like structure. Fact is, if you scan almost ANY of our peoples far back enough in time, we ALL once lived in hide or bark dwellings, ALL hunted and gathered, ALL wore the skins and feathers of animals, etc., etc. To posture that the so-called "indigenous" (another bogus term) have sole claim to those cultural trappings is anthropologically and historically spurious.

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wickeywackeyFeb. 21, 13 9:05 PM

@jarlmn: Meh - why bother researching or studying anything when you know it all already.

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amyj1001Feb. 22, 13 6:26 AM

Interesting article. Are the Sámis darker-skinned than the general population of Scandinavia? And if so, could darker-skinned Danish (or Danish-descended) people have a Sámi ancestry?

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cavellFeb. 22, 13 8:46 AM

Huh? Sounds like the Dennis hopper/ Chris Walken scene in true romance?

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e72521Feb. 22, 13 3:03 PM

Among the 900,000 Norske and 600,000 Svenske living in Minnesota are about 30,000 (I think) Sami. They certainly deserve to be recognized. BTW - One of my favorite new discoveries is a 30 year old Sami singer named Sofia Jannok! She's absolutely delightful, just google her and you'll find some of her music videos.

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e72521Feb. 22, 13 3:48 PM

Northen Germanic/Scandinavian peoples and the Sami have both lived in those far northern regions of Europe for 5 to 10 thousand years. There has always been some kind of friction and probably always will be. Nonetheless, I look forward to seeing this exhibit.

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jarlmnFeb. 22, 13 4:24 PM

Why my dear Wickeywackey, I have indeed researched and studied EXTENSIVELY. That I why I know "cultural appropriation" and "ingenious" to indeed be anthropologically and historically spurious concepts.

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