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Indigenous avant la lettre: The origins and livelihoods of the Sámi in European scholarly thought 1930–1960

Otso Kortekangas, Phd, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology will present his project.

This project, funded through the Swedish Research Council's international postodc grant, studies the prehistory of the concept "indigenous". It shows in what ways early twentieth century Nordic and European anthropologists and other scholars produced the Sámi as precisely indigenous before the term itself was widely in use. The scholarly discussions on the origins and the livelihoods of the Sámi included important links to international debates on themes such as ecology, evolution, and the preservation and education of indigenous peoples.

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