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. The railroad 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. It is significant that the Sami and allies speak out as they are ignored by the Finnish government even though the Sami have rights in the Finnish constitution. 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 Anthropology 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. The one in 2016 focused on Sami artivism.
|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