The disappearance of the Sea Sámi as a cultural display category

Assimilation policies and the role of industrial expositions

  • Cathrine Baglo University of Tromsø/The Arctic University of Norway

Abstract

While the Sea Sámi had a prominent position in an industrial exposition held in Tromsø in northern Norway in 1870, this category of display was no longer present in an industrial exposition held in the same city in 1894. In this article I explore this change and how the display of Sámi culture at the Tromsø expositions fit into a larger societal picture. Moreover, I argue that the creation of material regimes emphasizing reindeer herding culture as the only genuine Sámi culture, contributed to the marginalization of the Sea Sámi early on in an exhibition context.

Author Biography

Cathrine Baglo, University of Tromsø/The Arctic University of Norway

Investigator for the Truth Commission

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Published
2020-01-28