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Valtonen, Taarna (2019). Miten Saanasta tuli pyhä? Erilaisten rinnakkaisten Saana-diskurssien tarkastelua (How did Saana become a sacred mountain? An analysis of parallel discourses connected with Saana). Terra 131: 4, 209–222.

Miten Saanasta tuli pyhä? : erilaisten rinnakkaisten Saana-diskurssien tarkastelua

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Author: Valtonen, Taarna1
Organizations: 1Giellagas-instituutti, Oulun yliopisto
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: Finnish
Published: Suomen maantieteellinen seura, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-01-23


Saana, in North Saami Sáná, is a large single mountain in the westernmost part of Finnish Lapland and comprised to be part of native lands of the Saami. At the beginning of December 2017, this mountain was a topic of a heated debate since a Finnish light artist decided to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence by illuminating the snow-covered mountain with blue light creating the colors of the Finnish flag. For the Finns, the mountain is an iconic aesthetic symbol, but some Saami understood the illumination as an insensitive and colonial act and they strongly opposed the project. Employing a discourse analytical approach this article presents and analyses the debate of 2017, but also older texts written about Sáná. The aim is to clarify the meanings that are connected to this place and to investigate how they interact with different discourses and cultural understandings of the landscape.

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Series: Terra
ISSN: 0040-3741
ISSN-L: 0040-3741
Volume: 131
Issue: 4
Pages: 209 - 222
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1171 Geosciences
615 History and archaeology
Funding: Tämän kirjoituksen laatiminen oli mahdollista Suomen Akatemian myöntämän projektirahoituksen turvin (projekti 308882).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 308882
Detailed Information: 308882 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019 Valtonen, Taarna sekä Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura.