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Joar Nango: Duodji as part of Philosophy and Cosmology

Namita Gupta Wiggers in conversation with Joar Nango about shelter, nomadism, and the Sámi concept of duodji

The Landscapes Within: Monika Svonni

Monika Svonni is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Jåhkåmåhkke. Her oeuvre consists mainly of textile collages that incorporate pewter thread embroidery and reindeer hide, but she also works with wood carvings and sculptures in a variety of materials. In this interview by the editor, artist and curator Carola Grahn we are introduced to Monika Svonni's work through many years, and her outlook on life and art.

Keeping the Flame of Ancestral Tradition Burning

The Sámi gietkka, a cradle for newborn children, has an ingenious design suited for a nomadic lifestyle. In this text, duojárat and couple Fredrik Prost and Inga-Wiktoria Påve talk about two old cradles that were left in their care from each of their families, and how they made them fit for new generations with the help of each other, their ancestors, and sketches from the 1930s.

Baarkaldahke – A Living Cultural Legacy

Lova Isabelle Lundberg introduces us to the South Sami hair tie tradition baarkaldahke through a short film, images and text.

Reconstructing Gábde Based on Racial Biology Archives

In 2022, it was one hundred years ago that the Swedish State Institute for Racial Biology was established in Uppsala, Sweden. Many ethnic groups and other socially vulnerable subgroups were measured, tested, and photographed in the name of racial biology. The Sami were one of them. In this article, the duodjár and textile artist Katarina Spik Skum describes how she came to use the photographic archive of the Institute for Racial Biology as a source of inspiration for the creation of gábde from the Lule Sami area.

Memories in Archives – Archived Memories

Essay on Sámi and Kven museum collections by writer and photographer Susanne Hætta