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Sami Cultural Center

Inari, Finland


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Sami Cultural Center

Boat Route to Sacred Islands

Inari, Finland Indigenous Education Environment

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Home of the gods and the ancient deadesjarventie

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Home of the gods and the ancient dead

Saivo

The world humans experience

Visible

“Spirit of Life” Connected to the Body

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“Free Spirit”

Invisible

Capable of Leaving the Body

Skeleton or Breath

Short or Extended Periods

When Functioning the Person is still Alive

Home of the gods and the ancient dead

Saivo

Jabmeaibmu Dead recieved new Bodies

Invisible

Jabmeaibmu Dead recieved new Bodies

Rohttuaibmu

Earthly Gods and animistic spirits

Spirits of animals, natural features, and the controllable world

Allows Shaman (Noaide) to leave the real world

The world humans experience

Visible

Enarevagen

Earthly Gods and animistic spirits

Afterlife for those who followed rules of natural order

Spirits of animals, natural features, and the controllable world

Rohttuaibmu

The world humans experience

Visible After a time body was moved to Saivo

Afterlife for those who did not live their lives by the natural order

Invisible

Earthly Gods and animistic spirits

Spirits of animals, natural features, and the controllable world

Body eternally stuck in Rohttuaibmu

Jabmeaibmu Dead recieved new Bodies

Rohttuaibmu

Afterlife for those who followed rules of natural order

After a time body was moved to Saivo

Afterlife for those who did not live their lives by the natural order

Body eternally stuck in Rohttuaibmu

Afterlife for those who followed rules of natural order

After a time body was moved to Saivo

Afterlife for those who did not live their lives by the natural order

Body eternally stuck in Rohttuaibmu


Winter Solstice

Spring Equinox

Summer Solstice

Fall Equinox

The Sami Cultural Center is designed to be a social and educational repository for the purpose of not only retaining a dwindling culture, but reinvigorating it. It includes indoor and outdoor assembly areas for gatherings, recreation, and other activities. It also contains spaces to hold lectures, including an outdoor amphitheater. Additionally, the built space is ideal for casual astronomical observation. This is particularly important to the traditional beliefs of the Sami people, who have interlinked their many of religious views with the sky and stars. The building and landscape are thus designed to convey the importance of this and their extended cosmological belief system subliminally, through light, materiality, space, and movement. Thus the facility aids in the reassertion of Sami culture though explicit and implicit means.

Sami cultural center  

Vertical Studio, 2009

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