An Idigenous Research Perspective on Sámi Visual Artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää

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This article examines artworks by Sámi artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää from the mid-1970s to the end of the 1990s through a new, innovative approach. Traditional art history methods are used and theories from art historians Ernst Gombrich and Erwin Panofsky are combined with Indigenous and Sámi research. Valkeapää wanted to create Sámi imagery, taking inspiration from prehistoric rock carvings, the patterns on the magic drums of Sámi shamans, early Sámi artist Johan Turi’s paintings, and Sámi handicrafts.

Translated title of the contributionAlkuperäiskansatutkimuksen näkökulma saamelaisen kuvataiteilijan Nils-Aslak Valkeapään tuotantoon
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-107
Number of pages23
Journal Dutkansearvvi dieđalaš áigečála
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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