Saamelaistapahtuma 2.12.2005

 

 

PUBLICATION OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE SAAMI PEOPLE, AND AN INDIGENOUS SEMINAR

 

Time: 2.12.2005

Place: Ritarisali, Ritarikatu 1, Helsinki

 

THE PRESS CONFERENCE

OF THE NEW PUBLICATION 'THE SAAMI - A CULTURAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA'

Presentations in Finnish and in Saami

10-11                          Presentations of the publication

'The Saami - a cultural encyclopaedia'

Ulla-Maija Kulonen, Irja Seurujärvi-Kari ja Risto Pulkkinen, Editors-in- Chief

11-12 Lunch

 

INDIGENOUS SEMINAR - THE FUTURE OF THE CULTURES OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

 

Chairperson: Irja Seurujärvi-Kari

Presentations in English

12- Presentation of the new publication 'The Saami - a Cultural

Encyclopadia'

Risto Pulkkinen University of Helsinki, Department of Finno-Ugric Studies

Musical performance

Anna Näkkäläjärvi

12.15 - Challenges for the future of the cultures of indigenous people

Victoria Tauli Corpuz Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on indigenous issues, Philippines

13- Saami ethnical questions from a historical point of view

Christian Carpelan University of Helsinki, Institute for Cultural studies, Department of Archaelogy

13.45 Coffee break

14.15 The future of Saami culture - challenges of modernity

Jelena Porsanger The Nordic Saami Institute, Kautokeino

15- Indigenous peoples' rights and international participation

Timo Koivurova Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, University of

Lapland, Rovaniemi

15.45 - 16 Conclusion of the seminar

 

The event welcomes the Saami people,

the media,

the academic world,

authorities and everybody interested in indigenuos issues at any level.

Bures boahttan!

 

Organisers: The Department of the Finno-Ugric studies of the University of Helsinki,

the Finnish Literature Society,

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Raidu,

a student association.

 

More information:

* Rauno Endén, Managing Editor/Finnish Literature Society,

tel. +358-201 131 223, rauno.enden@finlit.fi

*Irja Seurujärvi-Kari, Saami lecturer,

tel. +358 400 876 222, irja.seurujarvi-kari@helsinki.fi

 

 

 

Background

 

This event is arranged to celebrate the newly published cultural encyclopaedia of the Saami. On this occasion we also want to have a seminar to honour the diversity and uniqueness of the cultures of Saami people and other indigenous cultures.

 

The aim of the Saami culture encyclopaedia is to emphasize the preservation and the development of the cultures of the indigenous Saami people and to promote a widespread distribution of researched information on it. In today's rapidly changing world it is also important to create ways to prevent the social and cultural marginalization of indigenous peoples living in marginal conditions. Thus one of the most important intentions of the encyclopaedia is to strengthen the identity of the Saami people and to support their awareness of their own cultural heritage. To achieve this intention it is also important to present minorities within the Saami people, such as the Russian Saami, who until now have remained in the margins even in the ongoing research on Saami culture.

 

On this basis, the aim of the seminar is to discuss the future of indigenous peoples and their challenges in facing modernity, while trying to preserve their traditions and ethnicity. The theme is approached from the perspective of multidisciplinary studies. Multidisciplinarity is an integral requirement for discussion on identity, ethnicity and culture. The lecturers are experts on Saami culture and history, and the guest of honour of the seminar is Ms Victoria Tauli Corpuz from Philippines. Ms Victoria Tauli Corpuz was elected as chairperson of the Permanent Forum on indigenous issues of the United Nations in May 2005.

 

 

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