For this episode, Esty sits down with folk studies professor Tim Frandy to learn about the Sámi, the indigenous peoples of the Nordic countries. Over the course of the hour, they explore a wide range of topics, including Sámi history and lifeways, colonization and boarding schools, language, joik (traditional song), folk stories, and Indigenous activism and revitalization work.
Tim Frandy is an assistant professor of folk studies and anthropology at Western Kentucky University. A member of the Sámi American community, he has been active in Indigenous cultural revitalization movements in North America and Scandinavia. He is the editor and translator of Inari Sámi Folklore: Stories from Aanaar.
Photo credit: Lola Akinmade Åkerström /imagebank.sweden.se