Máttaráhku ládjogahpir – Foremother´s Hat of Pride
The Ládjogahpir—The Foremothers´ Hat of Pride, an interdisciplinary project by Finnish archaeologist Eeva-Kristiina Nylander (former Harlin) and by Sámi artist Outi Pieski. The project investigates the complex history and legacy of the ládjogahpir, the Sámi woman´s headgear. In a collaboration between historical and archaeological research, social activism and craftivism, including the revitalising of duodji, Sámi crafting traditions, and artistic practices, this project both writes and visualizes the dramatic events surrounding the hat’s history, including its demise, and its – spectacular – reappearance. The inventive and thorough research of Nylander and Pieski has led them to archives, collections and libraries across Europe, resulting in the book’s remarkable inventory and visual history of all known ládjogahpirs. The project has also involved organizing encounters with Sámi women of today who have shared with them duodji skills, values, ideas and dreams, participating in the ládjogahpir revival.
Book: The Ládjogahpir—The Foremothers´ Hat of Pride published by Davvi Girji will be out in March 2020. The book is edited by art historian Jan-Erik Lundström, mainly translated by Ritva Torikka and the Graphic Design is by Erno Karjalainen from Govus.