Sami in an international indigenous context
Researcher: Maria Hernes, master student
Photo: Maria Hernes
My research is based on exploring some aspects of the Sami and indigenous contact from local to global and then backs to local. I have been researching indigenous activism; both today and with some degree of retrospective on the earlier more resistance based activism. My goal is to try to give an interpretation of some aspects of Sami participation in international indigenous politics.
I will focus my research on identity through different layers of identification, use of symbols and language. I also want to explore the span between local and global, and traditional and modern in today´s Sami identity. I will render some challenges and consequences that this span introduces.
My fieldwork has a multisided profile, and is based in Karasjok, Northern Norway. I have also done research in Kautokeino, Tromsø, Oslo and New York.