Borealis Conversation: Sámi Listening

In the second of three talks exploring elements of indigenous Sámi listening cultures, Borealis Artist in Residence Elina Waage Mikalsen is joined by Sámi scholar, duojár, writer, curator and editor Liisa-Rávná Finbog and musician and poet Jalvvi Niillas Holmberg  to discuss Sami listening practices. As Sámi cultural practitioners from different backgrounds they unpack how listening is rooted within Sámi ways of thinking being and doing, and how this informs sound and musical practices. What role does listening play within colonial histories of language erasure, and how have policies of Norwegianisation affected the Sámi people’s own ability to listen. Today in 2024, with ongoing colonial violations of Sámi land what does it means when the Norwegian government doesn’t listen to its own supreme court?

Our 2024 talks programme is co-curated by Elina Waage Mikalsen and hosted by the Bergen sámiid searvi/Bergen Sámi association who amongst other things are custodians of the Jiennagoahti, work to promote Sámi language knowledge and make visible the deep historical connections between the city of Bergen (Birgon) and Sápmi that have existed through trade.

Presented in collaboration with Bergen sámiid searvi
Supported by Fritt Ord Foundation