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Colonial Encounters Reflected by the Contemporary Material Culture – Or What Happened When Miss Finland Wore a Sámi Clothing

Author(s): Tiina Äikäs

Year: 2017

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In the studies of colonial relations, historical archaeology usually concentrates on the early encounters between European settlers and indigenous peoples. Nevertheless, colonial relations are evident in the contemporary culture too, e.g. in the use of indigenous symbols in commercial connections and in tourism. Archaeology can study also this contemporary colonialism through material culture. In this paper, I first give some background on the topic of the session, comparative indigenism – a theoretical approach that includes both emic and etic interpretations and aims to reflect Indigenous peoples’ understandings. I then present some cases from Finland in which Sámi or mock Sámi material culture is used in a way that can be approached from a colonial discourse. Here material culture with Sámi connotations is used to build picture of Finland as a mythic land. Whereas from Sámi perspective these events can be seen as a continuation of colonial cultural exploitation.


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Colonial Encounters Reflected by the Contemporary Material Culture – Or What Happened When Miss Finland Wore a Sámi Clothing. Tiina Äikäs. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435282)


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Contemporary


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min long: 19.648; min lat: 59.807 ; max long: 31.582; max lat: 70.089 ;

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PaperId(s): 130

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America