Thursday, 23 March 2017

NUI Galway Cultural Collaborations in Europe

Galway 2020 European

The Yoik - Ancient Tradition of the Sami People

The Sami people also known as Lapps or Laplanders are an indigenous Finno-Ugric People inhabiting the
Artic area of Sapmi which today encompasses parts of Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola
Peninsula of Russia. The Yoik is a unique form of cultural expression of the Sami people. It is comparable
to the traditional chanting of the native Americans and according to some music researchers one of the
longest living traditions of Europe.

Arts in Action in Semester 2 2017 are introducing the best known yoiker in Northern Finland Ulla Pirttijarvi-Lansman with her daughter Hilda Lansman.


This is the first phase of a three year programme of collaborations between Artists from Indigenous cultures
in Norway, Sweden and Finland with indigenous culture from the West of Ireland and specifically Galway.
The Lunchtime concert will feature Ulla and Hilda with a selection of Yoiks and some beautiful traditional
music from the uilleann piper Mickey Dunne who is a descendent of the Irish Travellers and one of the
great exponents of the Traveller piping tradition. Anitra – Arkko Saukkonen from the Lapland University of
Applied Sciences will show a selection of historical art work during the performances.

In the evening at 6pm at the Moore Institute there will be a talk on: whether Art can be geographically
determined by Professor Jaana Erkkila and a talk on: Sami Art from Professor Tuija Hautala- Hirvioja,
both from the University of Lapland Finland. There will be shared singing of Yoik songs and sean nós singing
and a reception hosted by the International Affairs.

Location: The Cube    
Time:1 - 2 p.m.