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making

Sámi research on making and politics

Making

The transborder region of Sápmi crosses nation-states of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. In Anar and across the Finnish side of Sápmi, I study how craft production unites these territories to form a Sápmi that usurps state borders, rural and urban divisions. At stake is the creation of new modes of recognition beyond the jurisdiction of nation-states.

Based on fieldwork in the Skolt Sámi areas of northern Finland, to which the Skolt were relocated and from which subsequent generations migrated south, I am completing a book manuscript about how people are reviving tacit knowledge associated with craft and wild food production to redefine the geographical boundaries of community belonging. What is the role of silent knowledge and material production in recreating these ties? And how does this process redefine our understanding of tacit knowledge?

Annual tarring of the root boat at the Skolt Sámi Heritage House

Annual tarring of the root boat at the Skolt Sámi Heritage House