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The First Half of the Year 2012 at Siida

Jan 17, 2012 10:20 AM

In the first half of this year, the Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida presents exhibitions on beautiful nature photographs as well as a visiting exhibit on the culture of the Mapuche, an indigenous people of Chile. The events of the year 2012 start with the Skábmagovat Film Festival, which is arranged for the 14th time. At the end of February begin the nature nights of the Nature Centre.

The awarded shots of “The Best Nature Photographs of the Year”, the biggest photography competition in the Nordic countries, will arrive at Siida on the 4th of February. The exhibition will include the winner shot, “Fox”. The 2011 Nature Photographs of the Year will be available for the public at Siida until the 26th of February.

Furthermore, on the 10th of February, a beautiful art exhibition Colours in the North, Light in Time – Paintings by Séverine Cuénod will be opened. Séverine Cuénod from Switzerland has, for the past seven years, drawn his inspiration from the landscapes of Lapland – especially those in Inari and Sevettijärvi – in order to provide us with a fresh perspective. Cuénod’s works manifest a highly personal vision of this magical natural environment. His paintings will be exhibited at Siida until the 27th of May.

An exhibition on the Mapuche at Siida

In late winter, the Sámi Museum will introduce the audience to the culture of the Mapuche, the biggest indigenous nation of Chile. The Seeds of Chile exhibition displays, for example, archaeological rock objects and ceramics, skilful silver jewellery and textiles.  The exhibition has been produced by Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. The Mapuche – The Seeds of Chile will be available for the audience at Siida from 18 February to 1 May.

Siida will continue with the theme of the Mapuche by opening an exhibition called South of Biobio: Photographs on the life of the Mapuche in Chile by Adolfo Vera on the 3rd of March. The photographs of Adolfo Vera, a photographer who was born in Chile but lives and works in Finland, tell about the life of the Mapuche in southern Chile today.  The photographs will be available at Siida until the 20th of May.

Events later in the winter

The indigenous peoples’ film festival SkábmagovatReflections of the Endless Night will be held from 25 January to 29 January 2012. Along with Sámi films, the festival will present films by the indigenous people of Taiwan. Shows will take place both at Siida and in the new Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos. More information on the festival is available at www.skabmagovat.fi

On Monday, 6 February, we will celebrate the Sámi National Day. Although Siida is usually closed on winter Mondays, on 6 February, we will be open for everybody, for free.

On the 28th of February, the Sámi Museum Siida will arrange a theme day called Maintenance and preservation of old objects in Vuotso, at the local school. The staff of the museum will show, with the help of artefacts from the museum collections, how to maintain and preserve textiles and wood and silver objects.

On the same day, 28 February, the Nature Centre will launch its nature nights. The series will begin with the theme “How animals survive through the winter”. The nature nights after the first one will take place on the 13th and the 27th of March. You can get more information on the events from Siida’s Customer Service, at www.siida.fi and siida@samimuseum.fi; tel. +358 (0)400 898 212.

The Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida will participate at the fair Matka 2012 in Helsinki. There, you can find Siida at the Inari – Saariselkä stand, 7k29. Come and have a chat with us!

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

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