Climate Change and Colonization in the Arctic: Who are the Sámi?

Winter
Winter 2021
Olympia
Olympia
EveningWeekend
Evening and Weekend
Sophomore-Senior
Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 25
8
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Marja Eloheimo square
ethnobotany, environmental and cultural anthropology, plant studies

To better understand the interconnected impacts of climate change and colonization on Indigenous Peoples worldwide, this program focuses on the Indigenous Sámi People of the Arctic regions of Europe. With reindeer central to their culture, Sámi People are on the front lines of climate change since temperatures are rising in the Arctic at twice the rate of other parts of the world. We explore (1) Sámi cultures, including arts, languages, histories, and lifeways; (2) the colonization, oppression, and environmental destruction Sámi have endured across Sápmi, their traditional homeland in what-is-now northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia; (3) Sámi efforts to protect land, people, and ways of life; and (4) Sámi collaboration with other Indigenous Peoples, including those who live in other parts of the Arctic. We bring these studies home by considering the Sámi diaspora in North America, and we gain a deeper understanding of the interconnected threats of climate change and colonization worldwide. Sámi and Sámi-American guests share with us their own deep and intimate understanding of the issues.

To successfully participate in this on-line program, students will need a computer with reliable internet access for class sessions on Zoom and for program engagement on Canvas. Synchronous (live) class sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings and alternate Saturdays, however, class instruction will be recorded for students who must periodically miss classes. Please discuss your specific situation with your faculty.   

 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Cultural studies, Indigenous studies, environmental studies, Nordic studies, climate change, decolonization

8

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
Special expenses:

$45 for "virtual" museum visits and Online cultural events

Sophomore-Senior
Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 25
EveningWeekend

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 6:00 pm
Remote/Online

Located in: Olympia