Out of Scandinavia
The Department of Scandinavian Studies welcomes Sofia Jannok, a twice-Grammy-nominated Sámi artist, singer, songwriter and agitator for indigenous rights and environmental justice from Arctic Sweden, as our 2016 OUT OF SCANDINAVIA Artist-in Residence. At the recent COP21 climate conference in Paris, Jannok gathered at an indigenous pavilion with others from around the world to call attention to the impact of climate change on indigenous communities (this is featured in her latest single, “This is My Land,” from her new album ORDA—This is My Land). She has also taken a strong stance in social and news media against the mining of Sámi lands. Her recent single “We Are Still Here” adopts a mantra common to indigenous peoples around the world. Jannok’s music is inspired by diverse musical influences, mainly by pop and Sámi yoik. She sings and writes songs in Sámi, Swedish and English (CDs on sale at The Book Mark). Her visit is co-sponsored by the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.
Her visit includes three free public events:
Monday, May 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Björling Recital Hall
Wednesday, May 4 | 7 p.m. | Alumni Hall, Jackson Campus Center
featuring Sofia Jannok in conversation with scholars and indigenous activists
Thursday, May 5 | 7 p.m. | Linnaeus Arboretum
(rain location: Alumni Hall)