making

Sámi research on making and politics

Making is coping and politics, a dialogue with the past for future generations

In Sámi land, people make craft to decolonize, to define the Indigenous homeland of Sápmi across Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. Through dress and silver they challenge stereotypes, through wood and reindeer they lay claim to the forests. For Skolt Sámi, displaced from their homelands on the Kola Peninsula and dispersed across Finnish cities, the revival of practical knowledge in craft and food making is a way to tie community to memories of place.