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Sunday, October 16 • 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Reindeer in My Saami Heart

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Janet Merewether
2016 | 70 mins 
Country of Production: Australia 
Countries/Cultures Featured: Sweden, Norway, Sápmi
North American Premiere | Director in Attendance
Sunday, October 16 | Noon | Program F18

Inghilda Tapio, a Saami artist from northern Sweden, has followed an arduous path to become a voice for her community. Born into a nomadic reindeer-herding family above the Arctic Circle, Tapio was taken into a Swedish government program in the 1950s that required nomadic children to attend residential boarding schools in a misguided attempt at cultural assimilation. Inghilda was a part of this “stolen generation,” forced from her teepee home at the age of seven, separated from her parents, and thrown into unfamiliar Swedish customs. In the nearly 70 years since, she has built a long and illustrious career as a poet and activist, championing Saami language and culture through her vivid writings. Her story illuminates how one of Europe’s last indigenous populations is regaining its voice and fighting for its land and way of life. 

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Sunday October 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:45pm

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