University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: November 2015
Features: 4 B&W photographs, 1 map, bibliography, notes, index
Series: Patterns of Northern Traditional Healing Series
Keywords: Northern Studies/Traditional Healing/Health
Subject(s): MEDICAL / Healing, Northern Studies/Traditional Healing/Health, HEALTH & FITNESS / Healing, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Barbara Helen Miller. Barbara Helen Miller, PhD in Anthropology from Leiden University (the Netherlands) is currently an independent scholar, working in co-operation with the Research Group Circumpolar Cultures. She received the Master of Arts in Psychology of Religion from the Norwich University, Vermont College (Montpelier, Vermont, USA) and the Diploma in Analytical Psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (Küsnacht, Switzerland). Her most widely read publication is Connecting and Correcting, A Case Study of Sámi Healers in Porsanger. Leiden: CNWS (2007).

Stein R. Mathisen. Stein R. Mathisen, folkloristics, Associate Professor of Culture Studies at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Finnmark Faculty Alta, where he teaches heritage tourism at the Master in Tourist Studies. Major research interests include folk medicine and folk belief, the role of narratives in the constitution of identity and ethnicity, questions of heritage politics and ethno-politics, and the history of cultural research in the northern areas. He has done fieldwork in various Kven, Sámi and Norwegian locations in Northern Norway concerning identity, ethnicity, folk medicine and folk belief, and in the Finn Forest area (Norway and Sweden) concerning festivals and revitalization of ethnic culture. Recently published articles in English: “Narrated Sámi Sieidis. Heritage and Ownership in Ambiguous Border Zones.” Ethnologia Europaea 39:2 (2009), 11-25; “Indigenous Spirituality in the Touristic Borderzone: Virtual Performances of Sámi Shamanism in Sápmi Park.” Temenos Vol. 46, No. 1, 53-72. Turku 2010.

Anne Karen Haetta. Anne Karen Hætta completed her Master degree in Indigenous Studies at the University of Tromsø in 2010. Prior to this she had been working in research projects referring to health, livelihoods, migration and identity at the Centre for Sámi Health Research at the University of Tromsø. She is currently working in the Árbediehtu project at the Sámi University College, which is a project that aims to collect, document and systematize Sámi traditional knowledge related to the understanding and the use of nature.

Marit Myrvoll. Marit Myrvoll, PhD social anthropologist, holds a position as researcher at The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research. Her research experience ranges from working with Tibetans in exile, the Maronite minority in Cyprus and the Sámi people in Norway, Sweden and Finland, and a focus of research has been the continuity and change in the Sámi religious worldview. She has been working in the Sámi Parliament in Norway, and also in the national and regional cultural heritage management. Her concerns include Sámi educational issues on all levels – from elementary school to university level. As Sámi politician, she has for several decades been engaged in the development and strengthening of Sámi higher education and its research. Her current research area is The High North, focusing on management systems and challenges concerning the indigenous (Sámi) as well as minorities and the national cultural heritage, which ranges from local intangible cultural heritage to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Norway and the Nordic countries.

Trine Kvitberg. Trine Kvitberg, registered nurse and is currently working in community health care. She is a PhD candidate in Health Science, and holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Science at the Norwegian Arctic University. She has a Master degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Tromsø. Kvitberg has done fieldwork in the Caribbean and the circumpolar north. Her research interests include Medical anthropology, circumpolar health, international and global health, culture, food, human rights, personal biographies, visual cultural studies, and anthropology of the senses.

Mona Anita Kiil. Mona Anita Kiil is a Research Fellow at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She holds a Master in Social Anthropology, and has worked in a research project concerning integrative medicine. She is currently completing her PhD in Medical Anthropology, a project which explores cultural perspectives on mental health in Northern Norway. Kiil’s research interests include dynamics of belonging, post-colonialism, modernity, religion, ritual, gender, body/embodiment, mental health and embodiment. Kiil`s ethnographic work has been in West Africa and North Norway. A recent and related publication is Embodied Health Practices: The use of Traditional Healing and Conventional Medicine in a North Norwegian Community, which appears in Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies,

Randi Inger Johanne Nymo. Randi Nymo, registered nurse and PhD in Health Science, is associate professor at Narvik University College. She is a specialist both in psychiatrics and intensive care as well as supervisor. Herself Sámi from Northern Norway she developed an ethno-political commitment in her youth, and has a extensive career engagement for Sámi patients, with an interest in cultural nursing that focuses on the practices Sámi have developed to cope with everyday challenges, health and disease management, and she continues to explore understandings of health, illness and rehabilitation.

Kjell Birkely Andersen. Kjell Birkely Andersen, currently working in Acute Services at Sámi National Centre for Mental Health, is a psychotherapist. He holds the Master degree in Mental Health Care. A recent publication is “To recover - A case study of experiences in the Coastal Sámi area," which appears in Nye Landskap kjente steder og skjulte utfordringer. Silviken, A. & Stordag, V (eds.) Karasjok: CálliidLágádus (2010).

Britt Kramvig. Britt Kramvig, PhD, is professor at the department of Tourism and Northern studies, the Norwegian Arctic University. Her ethnographic work has been in the Arctic and within the field of postcolonial studies, indigenous and cultural studies. Kramvig takes inspiration from feminist theory, ANT and phenomenology. Her recent publications are part of ongoing research-projects and international networks of the HERA project "Arctic Encounters, traveling and travel writing in the European high North," as well as the NFR project "Reason to return."

Sigvald Persen. Sigvald Persen, civil engineer, was employed by the Porsanger Municipality for some thirty years. For the last ten years, he is the manager of the Sámi Cultural Centre, Mearrasámi diehtoguovddáš, in Porsanger. His website,, is unique of its kind and often consulted for research.

"The essays in this collection are both erudite and fascinating and represent much detailed research by a number of scholars in Sámi affairs. The book should appeal to a wide audience, from those interested in forms of non-traditional medicine and alternative ways of healing, to those interested in the Sámi and northern cultures in general, as well as in Shamanism and wizardry."

Astrid E.J. Ogilvie, Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research

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