Abstract: Despite enduring centuries of colonization and oppression, the Indigenous Sámi people of northern Scandinavia and northwestern Russia continue not only to survive, but to thrive. As we enter a period of increasing racism, violence, and an apparent return of state support for colonialism, we can take heart in the resilient staying power of Sámi culture and ways of knowing.
Speaker Bio: Troy Storfjell is Associate Professor of Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A Sámi scholar himself, he has focused much of his research on Nordic colonialism and Sámi culture and literature. Recently Troy has been working in the area of Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies. He also serves on the board of Romssa Sámi Searvi, the Tromsø Sámi Association. Troy received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2001.