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Sami National Day
February 6 @ 6:00 pm
“Scandinavia’s Indigenous People: The Sami and Their Cultural Representations in Literature, Music and Handicrafts”
Talk by Dr. Charles Peterson
Dr. Charles Peterson has been the Executive Director of the Center for Scandinavian Studies at North Park University in Chicago since 1993. He is a frequent consultant on Scandinavian culture for corporations and individuals. He serves on the boards of several Scandinavian-American organizations including the Swedish Council of America, the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce. His current research projects include Sámi and Eskimo Media, Culture, and Language. The presentation will begin with an introduction to Sami culture and the history of their experiences with Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Followed by a look into the writings of two Sami authors, Nils-Aslak Valkeapää and Ima Aikio-Arianaick. Dr. Peterson will also present the world music performer, Mari Boine and other artists.
The Sami national day was established in 1992, during the 15th Sami conference in Helsinki, to mark and celebrate a crucial event in Sami history. On Feb. 6, 1917, northern and southern Sami crossed the National borders to come together for their first meeting in Trondheim, Norway. For the first time, they could share and discuss common concerns and work together to find mutual solutions. The first National day was celebrated on Feb. 6, 1993, in conjunction with the proclamation of the opening of the International Year of Indigenous People in Jokkmokk, Sweden, by the United Nations. Since then, during this important day, Sami flags fly and the Sami national anthem is sung in the local Sami language.