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An extinct coastal Sami musical tradition – How, when and why?

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In the northermost part of Europe has lived a Sea Sami population for centuries. They had their own singing tradition (“yoik”) which doesn’t exist any more. For the major part of the coast there exists no documentation of these traditions.

Through interviews with old people it was possible to document the last reminicents of this old tradition in one particular fjord. The songs give glimpses of the life in this coastal area.

I will tell about this documentation project and present examples from the tradition. A harsh norwegianisation was the main reason why it disappeared. I will look into how this happened and how the tradition was affected.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group series.

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