Sámi herding, Utsjoki, Lemmenjoki Finland TV

reindeer roundup as filmed by ZDF, Dec 2012
reindeer roundup as filmed by ZDF, Dec 2012

For those interested in Sámi reindeer herding in northern Finland, and Utsjoki, and especially those who know German, you may be interested to watch a programme in the German second channel ZDF that they were sending for the end of 2012. The programme talks about Sámi land rights, reindeer roundup, gender relations, schooling in Utsjoki, and lots of nice landscape and reindeer shots. The programme can be watched online here. (as of 30-12-2012)

“Electronic Memory of the Arctic” – conference on cultural communication in the circumpolar world

It’s a high profile conference taking place in St Petersburg, with support by the Arctic Council, RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RF Ministry of Culture and the Russian Geographical Society.
For us arctic anthropologists, it’s nice to see that this conference has cultural communication in its name. The organisers understand under cultural communication all activities by humans in Arctic, which builds a welcome bridge between the indigenous cultural heritage in the Arctic, and the history of Arctic exploration.
The special focus is on electronic resources. The project “electronic memory of the Arctic”, which is a project endorsed by the Arctic council in 2011, is the official host of this conference. Continue reading ““Electronic Memory of the Arctic” – conference on cultural communication in the circumpolar world”

Santa anthropology? Santa Claus link collection

Yamal-Iri, the grandfather from the end of the land, with anthropology research team members Anna Stammler-Gossmann and AC staff Markku Heikkila and Ulrike Sippel
Yamal-Iri, the grandfather from the end of the land, with anthropology research team members Anna Stammler-Gossmann and AC staff Markku Heikkila and Ulrike Sippel

Where would be a better place than at the Arctic Circle to establish a research unit on the ethnography and social anthropology of Santa Clauses? When we think about Santa, we mostly get the image of this Coca-Cola dressed red and white person riding on Rudolf the reindeer bringing presents. But in fact there is a rapidly increasing variety of personages and images connected to the idea of Santa Claus.

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