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A set of events in Northern Lapland in the summer

May 09, 2018 12:25 PM

Siida arranges a set of interesting events in the summer, giving the public the opportunity to learn about crafts, architectural heritage, Skolt Sámi culture and indigenous music and to make an excursion to Lemmenjoki and the Välimaa Farm in Utsjoki.

Siida’s events are arranged jointly by the Sámi Museum and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre of Metsähallitus.


Visiting a new exhibition and celebrating the International Museum Day


On Mother’s Day, the 13th of May, visiting Siida is a great choice, as you can have a look at the new Multiformes exhibition in the company of one of the artists (she starts at 13:15). Nowhere will celebrating Mother’s Day with coffee and cake be as easy as in Siida, where you can feast on Restaurant Sarrit’s cake buffet from 2 to 4 p.m.


The 18th of May is the International Museum Day. All day, visitors will have free entry to Siida, and, in the morning, the Sámi Museum will introduce the public to the material of its collections that is now available in the Finna Search Service.


The opening of the summer in Siida and in the Skolt Sámi Heritage House


The summer season of Siida and the Sámi Museum will be launched on 4 June by having a look at the restoration of the newer, three-room Tirro House in the Open-Air Museum. The building got a new board roof last autumn, and Restorer Marko Korkeasalo will tell about this restoration project and the restoration and maintenance of valuable architectural heritage in general.


This year, too, the Skolt Sámi Cultural Foundation and the Sámi Museum Siida will jointly open the summer season and the Skolt Sámi Week in Sevettijärvi. On the opening day, 11 June, coffee will be served at the Skolt Sámi Heritage House, and, in the evening, there will be seine fishing arranged by the Skolt Sámi Cultural Foundation and the Sámi Education Institute. The location of the seine fishing will be determined later.


The Skolt Sámi Heritage House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until 20 September, and, this summer, handicraft demonstrations are held regularly at the House. The Heritage House has also a small museum shop, which sells Skolt Sámi handicrafts, souveniers, literature, etc. The Skolt Sámi Week continues on 12 June with dancing the quadrille at the Heritage House, just to culminate with a workshop on baking salmon pie in the Pechenga way at the Heritage House on 13 June.


The opening of the Lemmenjoki Gold Trail


The new Lemmenjoki Gold Trail will be inaugurated in Kultahamina on 30 June (starting at 2 p.m.). From Kultahamina, we will hike to the first location where gold was found and then hike on to Morgamojan Kultala (ca. 5.5 km). The occasion is arranged by the Northern Lapland Nature Centre, and the programme consists of stories about the gold and the gold prospectors of the Lemmenjoki area, coffee and dancing and singing in Morgamojan Kultala.


Boat transportation to the inauguration is free, and it leaves at the Njurgulahti Bay at noon; the return trip starts at Kultahamina at 9 p.m. The number of passangers is limited, so binding registrations are due on 28 June 2018. Everyone travelling in the area on 30 June is welcome to the opening.


Events of the Inari Weeks at the Skolt Sámi Heritage House and in Siida


On 20 July, we will gather at the Skolt Sámi Heritage House to launch the Inari Weeks. The programme consists of guiding, crafting demonstrations and old films from the archives. The audience will also be introduced to a multidisciplinary and communal research project coordinated by the Sámi Museum on the integration of the Skolt Sámi in Finland in 1939–49. The occasions are free and open for everybody.


On 25 July, Siida will offer the public a special summer day when visitors can have a closer look at Siida’s exhibitions and the world of crafts. At the exhibition “Multiformes – Artistic Handicrafts with Stories of Lapland”, the artist will have 20-minute  introductions to the exhibition at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and 45-minute handicraft workshops at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. The sessions with the guide are generally meant for adults and the handicraft workshops for children, though people of any age are welcome to both. The guided sessions and the workshops are included in the ticket to Siida.


On this summer day, Siida’s restaurant Sarrit will offer special delicacies. If Lake Inari turns out to be bountiful, the restaurant will smoke whitefish, and visitors can buy it, either to be feasted on in the restaurant or at home. In the afternoon, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can have a coffee break with fresh Finnish-style pancakes.


The Nightless Night Music Seminar and an excursion to Lemmenjoki on Finnish Nature Day


This summer, the indigenous music festival Ijahis Idja will celebrate its 15th anniversary. The DJ collective A Tribe Called Red from Canada – something to be heard and experienced – will be the main performer at the festival this year. As part of the festival, the Sámi Museum Siida will arrange a music seminar on 18 August. The seminar will bring together the main artists of the festival and top performers in different genres, to discuss topical themes in the field of indigenous music.


On Finnish Nature Day, the 25th of August, we will have an excursion in the gold-prospecting area of Lemmenjoki, arranged by the Northern Lapland Nature Centre. On this one-day excursion, we will become familiar with the new Lemmenjoki Gold Trail by hiking from Kultahamina via the first location where gold was discovered to Morgamojan Kultala and back. The total hiking distance will be about ten kilometres.


The excursion starts with boat transportation at Njurgulahti at 10 a.m. Return transportation starts from Kultahamina at 5 p.m. There is room for 18 participants on the excursion, so be quick to sign up. Binding registrations no later than Thursday, 23 August 2018.


Autumn days in Sevettijärvi and the Välimaa Farm in Utsjoki


On 6 September, we will have a special autumn day in Sevettijärvi. As every year, the Sámi Museum will offer the audience – both from near and far – a diverse and interesting programme at the Heritage House. The Heritage House operates in a former Skolt Sámi homestead, that is, in a “Skolt home” and its outbuilding. On the premises of the Heritage House, there is also an open-air museum, which introduces visitors to the summer quarters of the past Suenjel Skolt Sámi community.


The European Day on Cultural Environments will be celebrated at the Välimaa Farm in Utsjoki on Saturday, the 8th of September. During the excursion, we will have a look at the Välimaa Farm and learn about the archaeology of the area and the restoration of architectural heritage. The Sámi Museum and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre will offer coffee at the farm.


Bus transportation to Välimaa starts from Vuotso; transportation costs 20 €/person from Vuotso, 15 € from Ivalo and 10 € from Inari and Utsjoki. You can also use your own transportation to get to the Välimaa Farm. Sign up for the excursion no later than Thursday, 5 September.


Registrations for and information on the excursions at Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida, tel. +358 (0)206 39 7740, or at siida@metsa.fi. Take along a packed lunch and clothing that is suitable for excursions. You will especially need warm and windproof clothes during boat transportation in Lemmenjoki.

Sámi museum, Siida, Inarintie 46, FI-99870 Inari, tel. +358 (0)400 898 212, siida@samimuseum.fi, www.siida.fi

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