University of Oulu

Kylli, R. (2017) "The Lapps are used like camels in distant lands" : Sámi research in the northernmost parsonage of Finnish Lapland. Arktika i Sever, 27 (), 63-82. doi:10.17238/issn2221-2698.2017.27.72

“The Lapps are used like camels in distant lands" : Sámi research in the northernmost parsonage of Finnish Lapland

Saved in:
Author: Kylli, Ritva1
Organizations: 1Department of History, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.5 MB)
Persistent link:
Language: English
Published: Northern Arctic Federal University, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-11-24


Anders Andelin was a Finnish clergyman who engaged in Sámi research in the northernmost parsonage of Finland in the 1850s. His efforts were not exceptional, as the residents of 19th century European rural parsonages practiced a lot of research. Andelin himself was an amateur ethnographer, historian, archaeologist, meteorologist, geographer, natural scientist, linguist, and toponymist. He was, as a Sámi researcher, between old and new scientific traditions: The middle of the nineteenth century has been regarded as a turning point in the history of academic research in Finland. Until then, researchers collected folklore, historical sources, plants, and meteorological observations. Around the 1850s the focus shifted from collecting and listing towards more analytical and experimental research. Andelin published his writings in scientific journals but also compiled a lot of detailed information related to the Sámi people, as the Sámi were thought to be a primitive people heading towards extinction. The clergymen who came to Lapland also viewed the Sámi lands through the lens of cultivation. They gathered statistics, which could be used to justify the need for the efforts of agriculture in Lapland.

see all

Series: Arctic and North
ISSN: 2221-2698
ISSN-E: 2221-2698
ISSN-L: 2221-2698
Issue: 27
Pages: 63 - 82
DOI: 10.17238/issn2221-2698.2017.27.72
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Copyright information: All journal issues are available free of charge (CC BY-SA) in Russian and English at the webpage of the journal. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.