Category: Debate

The importance of a Single Word: When Saaminess Comes Down to an ‘Either’ or an ‘And’ 0

The importance of a Single Word: When Saaminess Comes Down to an ‘Either’ or an ‘And’

Max Mackhé, photo © Ellen Berit Dalbakk A while ago I posted a relatively long post about the problematic aspects of appropriating a Saami identity as an artistic statement as manifested by Lisa Vipola’s art exhibition Authentic Saami Art. Shortly after, the Swedish musician Max Mackhé – a speaker of North Saami who has made a name of himself by advocating Saami rights and protesting against neo-colonialism in Sápmi through the medium of music in North Saami, Swedish...