En annen skogbrukshistorie. Kulturspor i trær – forvaltning og formidling av objekter og miljøer

  • Jostein Lorås


Culturally modified trees are a new type of cultural heritage in Scandinavia, introduced by Swedish researchers in the 1990s. One characteristic type is bark-peeled pine trees, which have Sami origin, and are protected by law in Norway. Today such trees reflect a previous sustainable use of forest resources, which is very different from modern clear-cutting of ancient forests. As a result, they represent a different kind of forestry history, in contrast to the technological and masculine content that largely characterises the current dissemination of human relationships to forest growths. There are indications that bark-peeled trees were also considered sacred by the Sami people. This gives museums special challenges when it comes to communication, as in cases where bark-peeled trees are to be removed from their natural environment, and preserved indoors. Another issue is whether the story behind these trees should be exclusively mediated by Sami institutions.