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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 322 • Midnight Sun People: The Sami

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34365 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
ENS 145

Course Description

In this interdisciplinary course we will learn about the Sami, an indigenous people living today mainly in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. We will first place the Sami in a historical-cultural context by examining factual materials, both historical and contemporary, on the Sami's social and economic systems, religion, customs and values. Many of the readings will have an outsider's point of view, but there will be materials written by Sami scholars as well. In the major portion of the course we will view the Sami primarily from within; the Sami will present themselves through their literature, film, music and art.

Grading Policy

Journal including final essay, minimum 12 pages 25%
Substantial revision of final essay, minimum 12 pages 25%
Film review of Pathfinder, a film retelling an old Sami legend. At least 4 pages 10%
Exams 20%
Oral Report 10%
Class Participation 10%


Valkeapää, Nils-Aslak, The Sun, My Father
Lehtola, Veli-Pekka, The Sámi People
Gaski, Harald, In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Contemporary Sami Prose and Poetry
Gaski, Harald, Sami Culture in a New Era: The Norwegian Sami Experience
Gaup, Ailo, In Search of the Drum
Gaup, Ailo, Night Between the Days or Jenssen, Frank A., The Salt Bin or Helander, Elina and Kaarina Kailo, No beginning, no end
Stien, Laila, Antiphony
Other texts at: (abbrev. WS: SámiSyllabus, SamiLoan, SamiExpressions)


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