Sámi Shamanism, Cosmology and Art as Systems of Embedded Knowledge
The Sámi are the Indigenous Peoples of Fennoscandia, and as with all
Indigenous Peoples and their cultural practices, dimensions of the
sacred and profane in relation to their traditions and customs are
documented and preserved through art and handicrafts.
This article-based dissertation presents an extensive investigation
into the subject matters of Sámi religion, cosmology, shamanism and art
as systems of embedded knowledge; which transverses three time periods,
namely, prehistory, the seventeenth and eighteenth century and the
present day. The aim of this enquiry concerns the application of a mixed
methods approach, which explores a number of methodological problems
regarding the cultural heritage of the Sámi people in relation to
colonialism in Finland and how these mechanisms have impacted and
represented portraits of the Sámi and their traditions as a consequence.
From within the shadows of colonialism, a comprehensive study of an
emerging Sámi spirituality, from different parts of Sápmi, and within
different contexts, is described in relation to the continuity of
culture and identity using drums and symbolism, and in what ways these
are being communicated.