Reindeer in My Saami Heart is a tender and poignant exploration of one of Europe's oldest Indigenous cultures, the Saami, who have lived in Saapmi – the expanse of land covering the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia's Kola Peninsula – for thousands of years. We are introduced to this culture through the eyes of Inghilda Tapio, a poet and advocate for the preservation of the Saami people's cultural heritage.
Reindeer in My Saami Heart provides a wealth of topics for students to explore. From an English and Media Arts point of view, it enables students to reflect on how texts construct meaning and position viewers, as well as considering the power of the written word as a means of political protest, self-expression and healing. From a History and Geography point of view, it introduces students to terms and concepts such as indigenous culture, international agreements, traditional land and ownership, human rights and freedom, conflicting environmental world views, and protest and activism. From a Civics and Citizenship perspective, it enables students to reflect on the importance of working together to resolve differences and build common ground in order to create a long-lasting, cohesive society.
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