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Elderly Sami – symbols of Sami identity?: The role of elderly in the Sami community
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS). (ALC ; Arcum)
2010 (English)In: Ethnologia Scandinavica, ISSN 0348-9698, E-ISSN 0348-9698, Vol. 40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article is about the role of the elderly Sami in the Swedish Sami community and it is based om deep-interviews. To sum up you can find two dominating creative strategies among the elderly Sami of today in my material, strategies which strives to achieve feelings of inclusion and life consistency, to feel substantiated and valuable and to be as independent as possible. One strategy, which is practised by the elderly who still live among their relatives in the Sami village, is to be as active as possible and as long as possible in the reindeer herding. The reindeer herding is a way of life which symbolizes the good life. Another strategy, which is available for the elderly living in a larger village or in the city, is to take on the role as creator of Sami identity for the younger generation. The re-establishment of the Sami gives a sense of meaning and continuity and creates a common bond to the younger Sami who are searching for their roots.

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Lund: Folklivsarkivet , 2010. Vol. 40
Keyword [en]
sami, ageing, ethnicity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36633OAI: diva2:355257
Available from: 2010-10-06 Created: 2010-10-06 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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