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Sámi Christianity in the Age of Eco-Indigenism

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In Sámi Christian educational texts, the Indigenous Sámi are presented as having a particularly close relation to nature. This is presented as a defining factor of both Sáminess and of Sámi Christianity. The article consists of the analysis of two educational texts, a catechism and a website, made/written by Sámi Christians. The close relation to nature is interpreted as part of global eco-indigenism, a tendency to combine the political movement of indigenism and the claim that indigenous peoples have a special kind of closeness to nature. In sum, what happens is a canonisation of Sámi Christian identity, excluding Sámi who are not living in close proximity to nature.

Affiliations: 1: The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway,


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