A Window into Vanishing Sámi Culture? Visual representations of Sáminess in the shared Siida exhibition by Sámi Museum Siida and Northern Lapland's Nature Centre 1

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes the visual representation of the Sámi in the shared main exhibition of the Sámi Museum and Metsähallitus’ Nature Centre. The chapter offers a critical reading of the photographs of one Sámi exhibition and asks what kinds of views the exhibition opens to Sáminess. According to the analysis, the black-and-white ethnographic photographs and their Sámi representations that dominate the exhibition, anchor it to Lappology and its vein to seek and present ‘authentic’ Sáminess by tracing its archaic features. Thus, in contrary of the aim of the exhibition to examine environment through Sámi eyes, in the exhibition the non-Sámi gaze that defines the Sámi – to the exclusion of Sámi perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sámi World
EditorsSanna Valkonen, Áile Aikio, Saara Alakorva, Sigga-Marja Magga
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter1
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781003025511
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Keywords

  • saamelainen kulttuuri

Field of science

  • Sociology
  • Social policy

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