Valkeapää's Use of Photographs in Beaivi áhčážan: Indigenous Counter-History versus Documentation in the Age of Photography
2014 (English)In: Acta Borealia, ISSN 0800-3831, E-ISSN 1503-111X, Vol. 31, no 1, 41-58 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article examines the photographic material of the Sami cultural mobilizer Nils-Aslak Valkeapaa's Beaivi ahcazan (The Sun, My Father), published in 1988, with theoretical perspectives from anti- and postcolonial studies. The analysis focuses on how Valkeapaa's use of photographs involves that the colonial past is examined from the vantage point of the anti-colonial present of the 1980s. Valkeapaa's re-contextualization of photographs from ethnographic collections assembled in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in a book he called a family album of the Sami is discussed as an example of Sami counter-history that is part of the decolonization process. When analysed with perspectives from anti- and postcolonial studies, the documentation of the way of life of the Sami people in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries exemplifies a practice which has constructed the Sami as the others of modern society. The article discusses how the construction of the Sami as the others of modernity is deconstructed and challenged in present-day indigenous identity politics.
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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 31, no 1, 41-58 p.
Beaivi áhčážan, etnografiska samlingar, samisk litteratur, avkolonisering, urfolksstudier, Valkeapää, antikolonial mothistoria
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88239DOI: 10.1080/08003831.2014.904996ISI: 000335844100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-88239DiVA: diva2:714614