On transfer of Sami traditional knowledge: scientification, traditionalization, secrecy, and equality

Elina Magdalena Helander-Renvall, Inkeri Markkula

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The aim of this paper is to elaborate how Sámi traditional knowledge is articulated and transferred, especially as part of research activities. As a starting point, we will discuss traditional knowledge and its various understandings. Further on, we will trace and address some of the concerns that Sámi have in relation to how their reality is researched and described. Special attention will be paid to the secrecy surrounding some Sámi traditions and some knowledge in the context of conducting research on such issues; the scientification of Sámi knowledge; the traditionalization (actualization) of various traditions; and the need for equality between scientific and traditional knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous Peoples’ Cultural Heritage
Subtitle of host publicationRights, Debates, Challenges
EditorsAlexandra Xanthaki, Sanna Valkonen, Leena Heinämäki, Pia Nuorgam
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Nijhoff
ISBN (Electronic)9789004342194
ISBN (Print)9789004342187
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Field of science

  • Law
  • Social anthropology

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