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Opening Reception “Sámi Dreams” Exhibit Reciption and Artist Q&A
August 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nordic Northwest is honored to be hosting the “Sámi Dreams” art exhibit, which features portraits of Northern Europe’s only indigenous people. As a kick-off to the exhibit, we will be having a Q&A with artist Randall Hyman and Max Stevenson, Director of Exhibitions & Programs at Norway House. Doors will open at 5pm for you to enjoy the exhibit and light refreshments. This will be both an in-person event and streamed online.
About the Exhibit:
In just a few decades, the Sámi, Northern Europe’s only indigenous people, have leapt from second-class status with schools that banned their language to becoming a semi-autonomous people with parliaments in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Now, they are grappling with new threats to their cultural survival, such as industrial and energy developments on ancestral lands. With a front-row seat to climate change, the Sámi have also watched as rapid shifts in ecosystems north of the Arctic Circle increasingly threaten their way of life. The Sámi have much to say about climate and cultural change in northern Scandinavia. This collection of portraits and interviews, curated by accomplished journalist and photographer Randall Hyman, is intended to be a platform for the Sámi to speak frankly and directly to Americans and Scandinavians alike, sharing their concerns about a world that is swiftly changing around them. With each photo, viewers can listen as portrait subjects speak directly to them in their native language.