The Duodji and Digital Stories course is part of the Interreg AIDA-project (Arctic Indigenous Design Archives), in which the Sami University of Applied Science (Sámi allaskuvla), Ájtte Museum and the Sámi Archive in Anár participate. In the Duodji and Digital Stories course the students have learned to use museums and other archives as a basis in their own work with duodji. The students have learned how their duodji products can be visually appealing and how their duodji products carry great stories. Practical production and design of duodji was emphasized when the students were going to practice on producing both the product and the story. During the course they have also learned to use digital technics in producing their duodji story, to make the story greater and more eye-catching. In the course they have immersed themselves in the new designs of duodji and design by getting to know duodji products and duodji artisans in the museums and other archives and experimenting with technics, tools and materials. In the course the students have learned to use duodji products from museums and archive documents as basis in their own duodji production and their own creation of duodji and digital stories.
Sami University of Applied Science is a Sámi education and research institution founded in 1989. For a long time, the Sámi wished for higher education in the Sámi language in a Sámi environment. A separate Sami University of Applied Science made it possible to create a curriculum which better met the needs of the Sámi community. Sámi teaching and Sámi research has been both the foundation and the condition for the operation of Sami University of Applied Science. Since the institution was founded, the curriculum and the activities at the Sami University of Applied Science are much expanded. The Sami University of Applied Science has in this way taken part in amplifying the Sámi community. In the same period, Sámi research has had a great overall change and expanded, and in this development the Sami University of Applied Science has played a central part together with other institutions.
The vision of the Sami University of Applied Science is to become a Sámi university and a university for indigenous peoples, where the Sámi language is heard and written on daily basis, and where Sámi and other indigenous values and thoughts are in the centre. Sami University of Applied Science should help support and develop the Sámi communities, livelihoods, language and culture. The work is to be based on the conditions and the qualities found in the Sámi communities and culture.
Sámi Archives Inker-Anni Linkola-Aikio firstname.lastname@example.org
Sámi University Applied Sciences Gunvor Guttorm, email@example.com
Ájtte Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum Anna Westman Kuhmunen, firstname.lastname@example.org