Place: Ritarisali, Ritarikatu 1,
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
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
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
15.45 - 16 Conclusion of the seminar
The event welcomes the Saami people,
the academic world,
authorities and everybody interested in indigenuos issues at any level.
Organisers: The Department of the
Finno-Ugric studies of the
the Finnish Literature Society,
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Raidu,
a student association.
* Rauno Endén, Managing Editor/Finnish Literature Society,
tel. +358-201 131 223, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Irja Seurujärvi-Kari, Saami lecturer,
tel. +358 400 876 222, email@example.com
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
BEAIVVEMEARRI 14.11.2005 / Seija at Aarnio. Ws