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Adopting or Rejecting a New Culture?: Marriage patterns among settled Sami under impact of the colonization process in 19th Century Northern Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Sami Research. (Arcum)
2010 (English)In: , 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The predominant inhabitants in the northern Sweden were until the beginning of 19th century the Sami people, indigenous and often nomadic reindeer breeders. As the colonization process of the northern part of the country progressed, it led to increasing contacts between Sami people and Swedes. To some extent there were also Sami people who settled down, chiefly from the forest Sami group, but the majority of the settlers where newcomers. Although previous historical research has focused on the nomadic Sami people, those settled have so far attracted less attention about their demographic behaviour. Knowing their marriage pattern helps illuminate what happens when people from different cultures meet; did the cultural and social grounds shift? And further, did the marriage behaviour among Sami people change when they settled down? Did the Sami people who settled down adopt Swedish cultural grounds or were they more inclined to follow their old traditions and marry within their own group? The main purpose of this paper is thus to explore whether a settled life affected the way Sami people chose to make decisions of decisive importance, in this paper represented by the way people chose whom and when to marry? To meet the aim of this analysis world unique parish registers stored at the Demographic Data Base (DDB), Umeå University are utilized. 

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47989OAI: diva2:446002
21st International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS), Amsterdam August 22-28 2010

Session: Inheritance Systems in Comparative Perspective III

Available from: 2011-10-05 Created: 2011-10-05 Last updated: 2016-05-18Bibliographically approved

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