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Koskinen-Koivisto E. & Seitsonen O., (2019) “Landscapes of Loss and Destruction: Sámi Elders’ Childhood Memories of the Second World War”, Ethnologia Europaea 49(1). doi:

Landscapes of loss and destruction : sámi elders’ childhood memories of the Second World War

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Author: Koskinen-Koivisto, Eerika1; Seitsonen, Oula2,3
Organizations: 1University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2University of Oulu
3University of Helsinki, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Open Library of Humanities, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-10-11


The so-called Lapland War between Finland and Germany at the end of the Second World War led to a mass-scale destruction of Lapland. Both local Finnish residents and the indigenous Sámi groups lost their homes, and their livelihoods suffered in many ways. The narratives of these deeply traumatic experiences have long been neglected and suppressed in Finland and have been studied only recently by academics and acknowledged in public. In this text, we analyze the interviews with four elders of one Sámi village, Vuotso. We explore their memories, from a child’s perspective, scrutinizing the narration as a multilayered affective process that involves sensual and embodied dimensions of memory.

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Series: Ethnologia Europaea
ISSN: 0425-4597
ISSN-E: 1604-3030
ISSN-L: 0425-4597
Volume: 49
Issue: 1
Pages: 24 - 40
DOI: 10.16995/ee.816
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
616 Other humanities
Funding: The Cultural Foundation of Finland and Academy of Finland (decision number 275497) have funded this research.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 275497
Detailed Information: 275497 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.