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Siida’s 20th anniversary exhibition launched on 27 March 2018


Siida's anniversary exhibition, produced by the Sámi Museum, tells about Johan Nuorgam, the founder of the Sámi Museum. The exhibition will be opened in Siida on 27 March 2018 at 3:30 p.m., and it be available for the public until 6 January 2019. 

Siida's new temporary exhibition "Johan Nuorgam – A Sámi Cultural Broker" tells about Johan Nuorgam (1910–78) from Lake Iijärvi, who was an early cultural intermediary in cross-cultural situations dealing with the Sámi. He was a connoisseur of Sámi traditions with high proficiency in the Sámi language, and many researchers used him as their source. In the 1930s, he was employed as a guide in the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum of the Finnish National Museum, collecting artefacts himself too. He turned into a journalist, politician and culturally oriented person who founded the Inari Sámi Museum in the late 1950s.
Johan Nuorgam. Photo: Sámi Museum SiidaThe exhibition's photographs, recordings and press cuttings on Nuorgam's life give us a surprising picture of the networks this Sámi man had both in Finnish and Sámi society. The exhibition is built around the rare set of artefacts Nuorgam collected, and this collection is, at the same time, the first set of artefacts restored to the Sámi Museum by the Finnish National Museum. The number of repatriated objects is close to 70. They also include a few real treasures.
Nuorgam was an active man, who worked as a contributor and editor of the magazine Sabmelaš and as a journalist of the newspaper Tunturisanomat which was published both in Finnish and Sámi; in addition, he was one of the founders of the Sámi Radio in Finland. His deep knowledge of Sámi culture is manifested in the book "The Lapps in Finland up to 1945" by T. I. Itkonen, and, in Siida's exhibition, visitors can listen to him telling stories both in Sámi and Finnish. The exhibition also shows the significance of Nuorgam as a person who initiated and carried out the founding of the Inari Sámi Museum and was ahead of his time as concerns the museum field.
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National Park Bringing New Feeling of Optimism to Hossa

by Fran Weaver, August 2017

Lenny Daly of the local firm Hossan Lumo feels that the new Hossa National Park provides ideal settings for the trendy outdoor activity of SUP-boarding. The Daly family's dog Vicky is also on board. Photo: Maija Daly, Hossan Lumo

The opening in June 2017 of Finland's 40th national park at Hossa, to mark the centenary of the Finland's independence, has been a great boost for local entrepreneurs offering services related to nature tourism and outdoor recreation. New jobs and income are very welcome in this part of Finland's north-eastern borderlands, between the towns of Kuusamo and Suomussalmi.

The clear waters and sandy shores of Hossa National Park are particularly popular among paddlers. Visitors can rent kayaks from local firms or join guided paddling tours to discover the park's highlights. Photo: Hannu Huttu / Metsähallitus

Local firms are already providing a wider range of services for increasing numbers of visitors with different interests. The small family firm Hossan Lumo, run by locally born Maija Daly and her Irish husband Lenny Daly, rents out equipment including fat tyre mountain bikes, kayaks and SUP-boards, while also offering cosy cabin accommodation and lovely lakeside locations for tents and caravans.

Lenny Daly feels that Hossa provides ideal settings for many popular outdoor pursuits. "Hossa's clear blue lakes are great for paddling, and Finland is now also catching on to the international boom in SUP-boarding," he says. "The trails along Hossa's sandy ridges are likewise ideal for mountain biking or hiking." 

Hossa Reindeer Park gives visitors to the nearby national park a chance to get up close to reindeer. Raili Karvonen brings tasty snacks out to some of the park's residents. Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Maija Daly believes that especially for foreign visitors, Hossa's new status as a national park makes it much more attractive than its previous designation as a hiking area. 

"There's a new feeling of optimism as interest in Hossa increases, and people are getting keen to branch out and start new businesses and activities."  

Joga instructor, wilderness guide Saija Taivalmäki is one of the new entrepeuneurs working in Hossa National Park. Photo: Raili Takolander

National parks, national hiking areas and other protected areas provide the visitors with unforgettable moments, best sceneries and hiking and skiing facilities. Read more about the self-guided tours.

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