I am deeply honored to receive the Vaartoe / Cesams scholarly award given by the Center for Sámi Research (CESAM) and the Sámi Parliament, for what is described as my “extensive and diverse research on Sámi storytelling, involving tradition in a cultural revitalization processes on the Internet”.
I will give an open lecture about my research on Wednesday, entitled “From the Campfire to the Network – Sami folklore and storytelling tradition on the Internet” (in Swedish). Details of the program are available here.
Everyone’s very welcome to attend!
Johan Turi’s first book Muitalus sámiid birra (An account of the Sámi), published in 1910, is often referred to as the first book in Sámi written by a Sámi. In 2010, a new edition of the North Sámi version was published at ČálliidLágádus Academia, as a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this seminal work. The book, edited by Prof. Mikael Svonni, is based on the original manuscript.
Also, a new translation from North Sámi into English was recently published (Chicago, Nordic Studies Press, 2011). This version by Thomas A. DuBois is the first one translated directly from Turi’s original text in North Sámi, and the first one that does full justice to Turi’s work.