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Huuki, T., & Kyrölä, K. (2022). ‘Show yourself’: Indigenous ethics, Sámi cosmologies and decolonial queer pedagogies of Frozen 2. Gender and Education, 1–15.

‘Show yourself’ : indigenous ethics, Sámi cosmologies and decolonial queer pedagogies of Frozen 2

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Author: Huuki, Tuija1; Kyrölä, Kata2
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Communication, Culture and Media, University College London, London, UK
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-10-28


In this article, we examine the immensely popular animated Disney film Frozen 2 (2019) through its potential as decolonial queer pedagogy. Drawing on Indigenous educational studies, queer and feminist Indigenous theories, and research on affect and trauma, we ask how the film popularizes Sámi nature-based cosmologies, addresses and attempts to repair the cross-generational transmission of settler colonial trauma, and presents a complex view of gender and human and non-human relations. Unlike in its predecessor Frozen (2013), in Frozen 2 Disney involved Sámi consultants in the production process, and the film was dubbed in North Sámi language. We interrogate Frozen 2’s production process as well as its narrative and aesthetics, proposing that it allows its viewers — children and adults, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike — to engage with and learn about Indigenous ethics, Sámi cosmologies, and more-than-human understandings of gender and sexuality in respectful and easily approachable ways.

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Series: Gender and education
ISSN: 0954-0253
ISSN-E: 1360-0516
ISSN-L: 0954-0253
Issue: in press
DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2021.2023112
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
520 Other social sciences
Funding: This work was supported by Academy of Finland: [Grant Number 295000] (Tuija Huuki) and the Kone Foundation (Kata Kyrölä).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 295000
Detailed Information: 295000 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.