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Donation by Finnish Forest Museum Lusto continues the series of repatriations to Sámi Museum Siida

Apr 23, 2018 07:33 AM

The Finnish Forest Museum Lusto donates its Sámi collection to Siida in Inari. The collection comprises over ten Sámi artefacts, most of which were acquired in Lapland in the early 1900s.

Donation by Finnish Forest Museum Lusto continues the series of repatriations to Sámi Museum Siida

Portable chest

The Sámi objects became part of the Lusto Collections when an artefact collection was donated to the museum by the Finnish Forest Research Institute in 1993. The Research Institute began accumulating its collection in the 1920s, and the Sámi objects were also acquired in this period. The artefacts are practical objects that are connected with transportation and the migratory lifestyle of the Sámi. They include three sleds and a portable chest, an object the Sámi Museum has not had in its collections earlier. Lusto also received a few Sámi artefacts as a donation by a private person in the 1990s.

The Sámi Museum Siida is one of the sixteen national special museums of Finland and the National Museum of the Finnish Sámi, and it bears the national documentation responsibility of acquiring and documenting the material and immaterial cultural heritage of the Sámi in Finland. In line with the principles of TAKO, a Finnish acquisitions, documentation and collection network of museums, a museum can transfer a collection to another museum of the network if that museum bears the acquisitions and documentation responsibility for the collection in question. Lusto, the Finnish Forest Museum, in Punkaharju, Savonlinna, is the national special museum of forest culture in Finland. Though Sámi artefacts are also strongly connected with forest culture and especially the history of forest museums, the public will be able to view them better and in a more comprehensive context in Siida.

Earlier, the Sámi Museum has received Sámi collections from the Museum Centre Vapriikki (2015) and the Hämeenlinna City Museum (2016). In the spring of 2017, the National Museum of Finland and the Sámi Museum Siida signed a letter of intent according to which the National Museum will transfer its collection of Sámi artefacts to Siida after Siida’s collection facilities have been extended.

The Sámi Museum Siida delights in the donation of the Forest Museum Lusto, stressing its importance for the community. Siida hopes that local people with knowhow on Sámi objects will provide more information on the artefacts that the museum receives from Lusto. Though it is not always possible to find out who made or used the artefacts, it is equally important to know, for example, more about the design and the way the object was made.

The Sámi Museum will publish the artefacts donated by the Lusto Museum in Finna, the search service of museums, archives and libraries, on the International Museum Day, 18 May 2018. It is also possible to examine the artefacts in Siida. If you want to visit Siida for this purpose, please, contact the collections staff of the Sámi Museum.

Further information:

Sari Valkonen, Museum Director, Sámi Museum Siida, sari.valkonen@samimuseum.fi, tel. +358 40 767 1052

Anni Guttorm, Curator, Sámi Museum Siida, anni.guttorm@samimuseum.fi, tel. +358 400 891 860

Leena Paaskoski, Collection Manager, Finnish Forest Museum, leena.paaskoski@lusto.fi, tel. +358 50 366 9552

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

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