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The Sami Perspective

Buerestbåhtieme Ubmejisse –  Europan kultuvaråjvviestáđđije 2014

The Sami culture and the people had a central role in Umeå’s Capital of Culture year. It was an important year where the Sami culture in a unique way in Swedish context was made visible both nationally and internationally. As the EU’s only indigenous people, the Sami culture raises curiosity and the desire to know more. The programme contained several events with a Sami theme and contributors that provided opportunities for development and knowledge for both the audience and people involved with the projects.

Besides artistic highlights the programme also involved constructive problematisation of the Swedish colonial history and current issues that are important for the Sami culture’s survival and development.

Explore the Sami content in the calendar archive.

Sápmi and the Sami
Sápmi is a transboundary area in the northern room, named after one of Europe’s last remaining indigenous people, the Sami. The Sami live in four countries; Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Here, a total of five million people live on a surface that is three times the size of France. Cooperation in Sápmi was an important part of the European Capital of Culture during 2014.

The Sami are an indigenous people of the world, which together represent about 370 million people. One thing they all have in common is that they have lived in the same place for a long time, long before the countries were colonized. They have their own culture, language and customs that differ from the society in general.

Ubmeje/Umeå belongs to the umesami area that hosts the Sami participation in the project Umeå2014.

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