Jan. 21 7:00pm Fireside Room – a Pathways to Peace Sacred Landscapes event
Sami, the indigenous people of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Russian Kola Peninsula, use the word báiki to refer to the home that is carried in the heart. Although traditional Sami life is lived close to the land and the natural world, the idea of báiki can be expanded to include one’s place in community and with other people in a society where working together is essential for survival. Many Sami descendants in North America have undertaken a search for an often hidden cultural identity and connection to ancestral roots. This presentation will include an introduction to Sami culture and the North American search for the heart/home.
Marlene Wisuri is the chair of the Sami Cultural Center of North America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education about Sami and Sami-American history and culture. She has had a career as a college teacher, artist/photographer, historian, nonprofit administrator, author, and book publisher. She received an MFA from Dartmouth and her photographs and art work have appeared in numerous one-person and group exhibitions internationally. She has also co-authored eleven books dealing with immigrant issues, local history, and Ojibwe culture and history. She is also the recipient of two Minnesota Book Awards.