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How is it to dedicate one year to language learning as an adult? How does the revitalization of Sámi languages look like in Finland today? In what way are handicrafts beneficial to language learning?
The Sámi people are the only indigenous people living in the European Union. The Sámi homeland within Finland consists of the municipalities of Utsjoki, Inari, Enontekiö and Northern parts of Sodankylä, but a large number of Sámi live outside the Sámi homeland today. This talk introduces you to basic information about the Sámi people and the North Sámi language. You will also learn how language revitalization looks like from the perspective of one student.
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Kristiina Jomppanen is a language teacher, who has previously taught Finnish at University of Minnesota and University of Edinburgh. Kristiina is both Finnish and Sámi but grew up outside of Sápmi. This academic year she has been a student at the Sámi Education Institute, where she studies North Sámi language and culture. Sámi Education Institute is located in Anár (Inari), where Kristiina’s paternal side of the family comes from. She is a true language enthusiast who has recently found her love of duodji, traditional Sámi handicrafts.