Liberating Sápmi: Indigenous Resistance in Europe’s Far North

SKU: 9781629637129
Author: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629637129
Published: 2/2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Page count: 208
Subjects: Indigenous Studies/History

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The Sámi, who have inhabited Europe’s far north for thousands of years, are often referred to as the continent’s “forgotten people.” With Sápmi, their traditional homeland, divided between four nation-states—Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia—the Sámi have experienced the profound oppression and discrimination that characterize the fate of indigenous people worldwide: their lands have been confiscated, their beliefs and values attacked, their communities and families torn apart. Yet the Sámi have shown incredible resilience, defending their identity and their territories and retaining an important social and ecological voice—even if many, progressives and leftists included, refuse to listen.

Liberating Sápmi is a stunning journey through Sápmi and includes in-depth interviews with Sámi activists and artists boldly standing up for the rights of their people. In this beautifully illustrated work, Gabriel Kuhn, author of over a dozen books and our most fascinating interpreter of global social justice movements, aims to raise awareness of the ongoing fight of the Sámi for justice and self-determination. The first accessible English-language introduction to the culture and history of the Sámi people and the first account that focuses on their political resistance, this provocative work gives irrefutable evidence of the important role the Sámi play in the resistance of indigenous people against an economic and political system whose power to destroy all life on earth has reached a scale unprecedented in the history of humanity.

I'm highly recommending Gabriel Kuhn's book Liberating Sápmi to anyone seeking to understand the world of today through indigenous eyes. Kuhn concisely and dramatically opens our eyes to little-known Sápmi history, then in the perfect follow-up brings us up to date with a unique collection of interviews with a dozen of today's most brilliant contemporary Sámi voices. Bravo.
—Buffy Sainte-Marie

“The long struggle of the Sámi to defend their lands and way of life against the ravages of eurosupremacist ‘modernity’ is both inspiring and all but unknown in North America. The antidote to such obliviousness embodied in this book should be not only imbibed but celebrated by anyone seeking viable alternatives to the burgeoning death culture in which we’ve been buried alive.”
—Ward Churchill, author of Wielding Words like Weapons and Pacifism as Pathology

“Throughout Sámi history, particularly in the past five hundred years, nation-state colonization has been a destructive presence. However, during this same time, Sámi resilience and resistance across four nation-states has been just as constant a presence. Sámi resilience and resistance are increasingly part of global communities of indigeneity, joined in shared struggles for Indigenous futures.”
—Karin Eriksson, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington

About the Author:

Gabriel Kuhn is an author, translator, and union activist. He has published widely in English and German. His texts have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

See and hear author interviews, book reviews, and other news on Gabriel Kuhn's page HERE

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