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Oula Seitsonen (2021) Rain, reindeer, digging and tundra: children’s visual perception of an archaeological expedition to Northernmost Sápmi (Finnish Lapland), Time and Mind, 14:3, 431-457, DOI: 10.1080/1751696X.2021.1951563

Rain, reindeer, digging and tundra : children’s visual perception of an archaeological expedition to Northernmost Sápmi (Finnish Lapland)

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Author: Seitsonen, Oula1
Organizations: 1Department of Archaeology, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-09-08


In this paper Idiscuss aset of photographs taken by my daughters with disposable cameras, to consider how they perceived an archaeological expedition to northernmost Sápmi (Finnish Lapland). My daughters’ photographic documentation illustrates the views that children from southern Finland have on archaeological fieldwork in an extreme northern environment. Their photographs resemble partly the tourism promotional imagery and Instagram posts, which place emphasis on the impressive landscape, engaging activities, and the gear related to those activities. Based on these imageries, and my personal impressions, thegenius loci of this area for outsiders are largely defined by the mountainous scenery and midsummer snow, both unique to this region within Finland. My daughters’ imagery conveys amixture of familiarity and alienation. There is an awe of facing the new and alien, immersive mountain landscape and the novelty of, e.g., ahelicopter ride to the study site in the middle of aroadless wilderness, and afascination in the familiar expedition activities together with trusted people which creates asense of at-homeness. The familiar actions carried out by familiar people appear to act as important means for placemaking and securing the being-in-the-world, which carries also wider importance beyond this case study.

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Series: Time & mind
ISSN: 1751-696X
ISSN-E: 1751-6978
ISSN-L: 1751-696X
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
Pages: 431 - 457
DOI: 10.1080/1751696X.2021.1951563
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
616 Other humanities
520 Other social sciences
5141 Sociology
519 Social and economic geography
Funding: This work was supported by Academy of Finland grant 308322 and European Research Council grant 2017 756431.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 308322
Detailed Information: 308322 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.