The Sami along with other first nations leaders from Canada and New Zealand have been in Finland not far from where I am living to protest a planned railway development though the Boreal Forest. That would encourage more mining, forestry and other industrial development as climate change means melting Arctic sea and industry has its eye on a path to cut through areas important to the Sami for reindeer herding and for their way of life. I can't keep up with all the activism and amazing film, video, protest art and other eco-media being made in resistant to colonization and extractivism. I knew when Standing Rock took place in North Dakota it would inspire global protests..luckily these are peaceful and I haven't heard of police showing up just yet. I spoke with two researchers at University of Oulu who were very helpful to me, Marko Jouste and Hannu Heikkinen. I am preparing for my
presentation at Vienna Anthropolgy Days https://vanda.univie.ac.at/home/
mention all the new material that I am
finding here. It will be my first time at
an anthropology conference and my first time in Vienna.
There is a wonderful Environmental Art Park in Ii, and I am including some photos of the art from there, many of whom held the residency here, or were part of the ART Ii Biennale held every two years.
|Chairs in the art park|
|Lena Stenberg's Upside Down|
|Jenni Laiti and Outi Pieski's "Forewalkers" about the|
Sami philosophy of "soabalas eallin"preserving, protecting
and supporting diversity in nature and humans.
|edible mushrooms picked|
with Antti and cooked later