In June 2010, Music Professor Richard Jones-Bamman accompanied seven Honors students to Sweden on a three-week tour of Sámiland. They visited the small village of Jokkmokk, 20 miles north of the Arctic Circle and attended the course, “Indigenous Traditional Knowledge.”
The Sámi (“Laplanders”) are one of the last indigenous populations found in Europe and were the original inhabitants of what is now Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The Sámi culture historically was marked by herding reindeer and wearing colorful clothing, but they are thoroughly modernized today. Dr. Jones-Bamman has been conducting research on the Sámi and their vocal music (“joik”) since the late 1980s.