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Peter Hess, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Spring 2010

GRC 327E • 12 - Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38305 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ 1.216

Course Description

What can a minority group, comprised of not much more than 50,000 people, teach the world about peaceful coexistence, sensible use of the environment and a meaningful rapport with the spiritual world? In this interdisciplinary course we will learn about the Sami, an indigenous people living today mainly in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and on the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Not too long ago commonly referred to as Lapps or Laplanders and often the victims of discrimination by the majority cultures in whose proximity they lived, the Sami have, in recent years, received a greater degree of autonomy and their culture is being studied both by non-Sami scholars and by the Sami themselves. And Sami writers, musicians and graphic artists are being recognized worldwide.

Grading Policy

1. Film Review (10%) 2. Informal Writing (30%) 3. Formal Writing (30%) 4. Classroom Participation and Oral Report (15%) 5. Quizzes (15%)


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.


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