[Panel Organizer and Moderator] Cross-Currents and Contemporary Issues Facing the Indigenous Sámi Peoples of Northern Europe, Native Americans in the United States, and American Finns
With the rising popularity of genealogy and the historic population bottlenecks that occurred in Northern Norway and Northern Finland at the end of the 19th Century, many American Finns and Americans with Kvaen ancestry (Norwegian Finn) are now discovering that their ancestry has heretofore unknown, forgotten, or hidden Sámi roots. In addition to ancestral bloodlines, both in Northern Europe and in the Uppper Midwest of the United States, Finns have lived alongside indigenous communities. The panel will not only seek to inform the audience about the past, but also discuss the issues facing these groups in the present. These issues include cultural, ethnic, and genetic identity; the role that heritage plays in the home when a person is a child as well as the new role that heritage might play when an adult finds that he or she has hidden heritage; current political issues facing indigenous populations, and health and wellness.
Panelists include: Ellen-Astri Lundby - Norwegian, Sámi, and Finnish documentary filmmaker from Norway, winner of the Bronze Drum, First Prize, Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival for "Suddenly Sámi"; Dr. Arne Vaino - Native American and Finnish-American doctor and documentary filmmaker. His "Walking Into The Unknown" was nominated for an Emmy. Dr. Vainio is a physician at the Min-No-Aya-Win Human Services Clinic on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota; Dr. Troy Stjorfell - Part-Northern Sámi, part-American, professor in the Scandinavian Studies Department at Pacific Lutheran Univeristy in Washington. In addition to teaching Norwegian language and culture, Professor Stjorfell also teaches a course about Sámi culture at PLU
Kent Randell. "[Panel Organizer and Moderator] Cross-Currents and Contemporary Issues Facing the Indigenous Sámi Peoples of Northern Europe, Native Americans in the United States, and American Finns" FinnFest 2012. Tuscon, Arizona. Jan. 2012.
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