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Bridging Divides : Ethno-political Leadership Among the Russian Sami, Hardback Book

Bridging Divides : Ethno-political Leadership Among the Russian Sami Hardback


The Sami are a Northern indigenous people whose land, Sapmi, spreads over the territories of four states: Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia.

For the Sami of the Nordic countries, the last decades of the 20th century were a renaissance of sorts: their indigenous rights were partially recognized, they experienced a cultural and linguistic revival and Sami parliaments were established.

The Soviet Sami, on the other hand, had little opportunity to develop independent ethno-political organizations and were isolated from their ethnic kin across the closed border.

This book tells the story of what happened in the two decades that followed: the Russian Sami attempted a linguistic revival, sought to mend the Cold War scars across Sapmi, and established their own independent ethno-political organizations.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 168 pages, 11 figs & tables
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Indigenous peoples
  • ISBN: 9780857456670

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