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Without a trace? The Sámi in the Swedish History Museum
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2015 (English)In: Nordisk Museologi, ISSN 1103-8152, no 2, 17-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Around 2005, the Swedish History Museum (SHM) in Stockholm reworked their Vikings exhibition, aiming to question simplistic and erroneous understandings of past group identities. In the process, all references to the Sámi were removed from the exhibition texts. This decision has been criticised by experts on Sámi pasts. In this article, it is argued that we can talk about a Sámi ethnic identity from the Early Iron Age onwards. The removal of references to the Sámi in the exhibition texts is discussed accordingly, as well as the implicit misrepresentations, stereotypes and majority attitudes that are conveyed through spatial distribution, choice of illustrations, lighting, colour schemes and the exhibition texts. Finally, some socio-political reasons for the avoidance of Sámi issues in Sweden are suggested, including an enduring colonialist relation to this minority.

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2015. no 2, 17-32 p.
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Sámi pasts, exhibitions, Vikings, past group identities, ethnicity, stereotypes, Sweden, politics of the past, colonialism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124434OAI: diva2:886174
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved

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