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Depicting a Sámi Society Between Tradition and Modernization: The Strategies of Coping in Jovnna-Ánde Vest’s Trilogy <i>Árbbolaccat</i>

Author(s): Lill Tove Fredriksen

Journal: Nordlit : Tidsskrift i litteratur og kultur
ISSN 1503-2086

Issue: 23;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Árbbolaccat | Jovnna-Ánde Vest | Sámi literature | coping strategies | Máhtebáiki | local community | new times

The Sámi novelist Jovnna-Ánde Vest has written the trilogy Árbbolaččat, where he writes about the lives of the people living in Máhtebáiki, a small Sámi village in Northern Finland, from the late 1950s until the early 1980s. This is a time when new great changes coming from the majority society also has impact on the living conditions in a society where agriculture and fishing are the main lines of work. The article focuses on the protagonist Heaika and how he interacts and what kind of coping strategies he chooses in his endeavour to become a writer. Heaika serves both as a vitness and a mediator of how the characters in the local society meet the impacts of the new time
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