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Harlin, E.-K., & Lehtola, V.-P. (2020). Skolt sámi heritage, toivo immanuel itkonen (1891–1968), and the sámi collections at the national museum of finland. Nordisk Museologi, 27(3), 45–60.

Skolt Sámi heritage, Toivo Immanuel Itkonen (1891–1968), and the Sámi collections at the National Museum of Finland

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Author: Harlin, Eeva-Kristiina1; Lehtola, Veli-Pekka1
Organizations: 1Giellagas Institute for Saami Studies, University of Oulu, PO Box 1000, 90014 University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: University of Oslo Library, 2020
Publish Date: 2023-02-01


The National Museum of Finland is repatriating their entire Sámi collection to the Sámi museum Siida in Inari. This article illustrates the type of collected material that is to be returned, and what kind of tradition of representation the Sámi museum Siida will have to deal with in the repatriation. A remarkable part of the Sámi collections in the National Museum of Finland has been provided by the well-known Finnish Lappologist, T. I. Itkonen. Due to his many research trips in 1912–1927, altogether 91 per cent of his collections originate from the Skolt Sámi area in the Pechenga region and Kola Peninsula. In exhibitions curated by Itkonen for the National Museum, the Skolt Sámi objects seem to have been relatively well represented, although subjected to the almost compulsory representation of reindeer herding. Because of Itkonen’s collection, the repatriation of the whole Sámi collection of the National Museum to the Siida Sámi Museum has an especially poignant meaning for the Skolt Sámi community.

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Series: Nordisk museologi
ISSN: 1103-8152
ISSN-E: 2002-0503
ISSN-L: 1103-8152
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Pages: 45 - 60
DOI: 10.5617/nm.7724
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Copyright information: Authors retain copyright to the article and give Nordic Museology right to first publication. Starting from 2017, the content published in The Journal Nordic Museology is - unless otherwise stated - licensed through Creative Commons Licence CC BY-NC-ND.4.0.