SAMI STORYTELLER FAITH FJELD OFFERS SAMI EXHIBITION TOURS THURSDAYS THROUGH JUNE
May 24, 2005
Sami storytelling at 3 p.m. May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art celebrates Sami culture and traditions with Sami storyteller Faith Fjeld. Dressed in traditional Sami clothing, Fjeld will tour visitors through the photography exhibition "Frost: life and Culture of the Sami-Reindeer People of Norway" at 3 p.m. Thursdays through June at the Anchorage Museum and talk about how reindeer came to Alaska--the journey made by Sami families and their reindeer from Norway to Nome.The Sami are a separate ethnic group in Norway, Sweden, Russia and Finland with their own language, customs and special identifying clothing. They are best known as reindeer herders, and the large color photographs in the "Frost" exhibition vividly document Sami life and travels with their herds. The Sami have a special connection with Alaska, since Sami herders were brought here at the turn of the century to train local men to become herders during the efforts to introduce reindeer programs in Northwest Alaska. Descendants of these Sami still live in Alaska. Fjeld's grandparents were Sami from Sweden and Norway. Editor of Baiki: The International Sami Journal, for 14 years, Fjeld has lectured extensively on Sami culture and worked to educate others about the Sami who immigrated to the United States, in particular, the Sami reindeer herders who came to Alaska. "Frost: Life and Culture of the Sami-Reindeer People of Norway" is on view through Sept. 25. For more information, call 343-4326.