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  • Sámi new speakers: A case study of the North Sámi language beginner program at UiT 

    Ghiorghilas, Oana Maria (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-06-22)
    The present thesis focuses on students enrolled at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) during the 2020/2021 academic year in the Nordsamisk som fremmedspråk, North Sámi beginner language program. The study explores the process of becoming a Sámi new speaker through an educational program and the factors that motivate, promote, or prevent new speakers’ learning path. New speakers can contribute ...
  • Nils-Aslak Valkeapää and Mari Boine: Song lyrics and Themes. Thematic Study of their song lyrics and the long lines 

    Valkeapää, Niko-Mihkal (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-08-29)
    The topic of this thesis is the development of the song lyrics to Nils-Aslak Valkeapää and Mari Boine. How they have been evolving and changing through times and looking for the long lines of the song lyrics, what is possible to see when looking at them. The Sámi society and communities have been changing in the last 50 years since the Sámi pop music in Sámi language made its way to the scenes. All ...
  • Learning Discomfort and Uncertainty: The KAIROS Blanket Exercise as a Canadian Settler Education Tool 

    MacCormick, Sarah (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-06-01)
    The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an experiential learning activity that takes participants in Canada through Indigenous history in North America from an Indigenous perspective. In a 90- minute workshop, participants embody the role of Indigenous peoples and walk on blankets that represent the land. Through the reading of scripts, they re-enact the chronology of Canadian history and the processes ...
  • Rohingya Women in Bangladesh: Health Challenges among Marginalizing Refugees 

    Nadia, Hasina Zannat (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-06-08)
    My research interest intends to distinguish, portray, and investigate minority Rohingya women's health situation and Bangladesh's health policy towards them after their huge departure from Myanmar to Bangladesh on 25 August 2017, from an indigenous perspective. The neighborhood reconciliation of Rohingyas in Bangladesh is certainly not a feasible choice, considering the difficulties and the frail ...
  • The Tharu Cultural Museum: A Conduit for Cultural Revitalization and Indigenous Identity Creation 

    Upadhyay, Iswar (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-06-01)
    This thesis centers around the interrelationships between a community museum and the local community in the process of cultural revitalization and cultural identity creation. The project focuses on how a community-based museum negotiates and revitalizes the meaning of the Tharu cultural identity in a historically marginalized indigenous Tharu community. This is illustrated through the case study of ...
  • The Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum 2014–2020: Decolonisation in Practice 

    Caufield, Sarah Annemarie (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-06-01)
    National art museums are integral to a nation’s cultural landscape, acting as both a witness to the past, and a source of inspiration going forward. Yet the boundaries of Indigenous cultural regions don’t necessarily coincide with officially recognised national borders. Northern Norway is both a part of Norway, as well as a part of Sápmi, yet Sámi representation in national Norwegian cultural ...
  • Diasporic Indigeneity: Surinamese Indigenous Identities in the Netherlands 

    Uitermark, Cecilia (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-05-31)
    The presence of Surinamese Indigenous peoples in the Netherlands is not a new nor recent phenomenon. Although in small numbers, Surinamese Indigenous peoples have crossed the ocean (both voluntarily and involuntary) and made their way to the Netherlands throughout the centuries. This continues to this day, yet little to nothing has been written about these trajectories, demonstrating the lack of ...
  • Presenting the Sámi when learning Norwegian. An analysis of the representation of the Sámi in Norwegian as a Foreign and Second Language textbooks. 

    Thomine, Sébastien (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-31)
    This thesis explores the representation of Sámi people in the textbooks used by foreigners to learn Norwegian. The research aims at identifying the different approaches used from the 1940s until the late 2010s to present Sámi people in Norwegian as Foreign Language textbooks and the factors influencing their presentation through a historical and sociocultural perspective. To do so, this research ...
  • UNESCO and beyond - Whose voices are heard? And how? A case study on local participation and sustainable tourism development in Sarfannguit, Greenland 

    Søndergaard, Marie Louise (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-09-21)
    In 2018, a large area in western Greenland, close to the Arctic Circle, was inscribed on the UNESCO’s Heritage Site list. The site is now known as Aasivissuit – Nipisat - Inuit Hunting Ground between Ice and Sea. The small settlement Sarfannguit is situated within this site. The settlement is one out of seven key sites within the UNESCO site, making the place an attraction, yet the question remains: ...
  • Co-management and Traditional Fisheries: The Case of Fante Fishers in Elmina, Ghana 

    Okusu, Josephine Sekyi (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-11-09)
    Co-management has widely been recognized as an alternative approach to addressing natural resource crises and diverse environmental concerns. In line with this, the Ghanaian fishery sector introduced co-management as an institutional approach to manage natural resources. However, studies still reiterate that, the traditional fishery sector is still in decline, which have affected the livelihood of ...
  • Indigenous Efflorescence and Tjåenieh in Southern Saepmie. Rethinking Language Revitalization Research in Conversation with a Saemie Illustrator 

    Gjelde-Bennett, Kaja Nan (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-05-22)
    Proclaiming an international Indigenous societal revolution is taking place, anthropologist and language revitalization researcher, Gerald Roche develops the concept of Indigenous efflorescence to identify and investigate sites of Indigenous language and cultural flourishing in spite of colonialism. Conversely, the South Saemie language has been framed as “severely endangered” and the community a ...
  • BETWEEN ALIENATION AND BELONGING IN NORTHERN GHANA: The voices of the women in the Gambaga 'witchcamp' 

    Mohammed, Larry Ibrahim (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-03)
    While there have been numerous scholarly works on witchcraft beliefs, that of the phenomenon of ‘witchcamps’ are rare. In recent times, Ghana has come under the spotlight for being home to six settlements dedicated to sheltering ‘witches. These settlements are community-led initiatives that provide shelter for people accused of witchcraft. These ‘witchcamps’ are seen as a form of prisons where the ...
  • What type of education can be an empowerment tool for the Indigenous women in Uganda? A case study of the Karamajong women of Kampala Uganda. 

    Namuyiga, Milly Melody (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-27)
    This study investigated what type of education can be used as a tool of empowerment to the Karamajong women and it assessed their experience with formal education because it’s considered as a basic need in Uganda. The study based on data gathered through qualitative methods of in-depth interviews, observation, narratives and secondary sources from the fieldwork conducted in the Kampala suburbs of ...
  • ACQUISITION OF FINANCIAL SERVICES BY SMALL SCALE BUSINESSES AMONG INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN URBAN CENTERS. A case of the Karamojong community in Jinja Municipality, Jinja District-Uganda. 

    Ssejjemba, Besweri Charles (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-01)
    Business is the new livelihood of the urban Karamojong. However, the Karamojong face daily challenges as they struggle with already-established traders to attract customers in urban market settings. Previously, commercial banks had not addressed the needs of the Karamojong, who generally lacked collateral required to secure commercial financial services. However, with the introduction of microfinance ...
  • Climate Change Impact and Traditional Coping Mechanisms of Borana Pastoralists in Southern Ethiopia: Building Adaptive Capacity and Resilience from an Indigenous People’s Perspective. 

    Salifu, Bashiru (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-03)
    This thesis focuses on Borana pastoralists in southern Ethiopia and their experiences with environmental challenges caused by climate change. Recent debates about climate change and its impacts on global bio-diversities are shifting focus to the role of indigenous people in climate mitigation and adaptation. This thesis builds on those debates and focuses on the traditional adaptation and resilience ...
  • ''Don’t Wake the Rávga of Repparfjord'': Sámi Storytelling to Discuss Nussir ASA’s Mining Waste Disposal 

    Tsiouvalas, Apostolos (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-01)
    Over the last few decades, mineral resource extraction has been rapidly growing in the Arctic, often taking place within indigenous territories. One of the most controversial project developments in Northern Fennoscandia is the Nussir copper mine. Since its conception, the project has faced opposition, and different actors have voiced their concerns and actively protested, arguing that the mine will ...
  • Visual Representation of Mithila Culture Through Mithila folk arts: A study based on the search for cultural significance 

    Mandal, Prameshwar (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2018-05-15)
    Mithila paintings are at the center to signify the cultural importance not only in Nepal and India, but also in other countries. The artists of Mithila devote their much time to portray different cultural aspects and their importance, however, the artists have not got much recognition from the Nepal government. Yet, they keep on painting to promote Mithila culture globally. In this context, the ...
  • Implementing Act 31 in Wisconsin. An Exploration of the History, the Act, and the Educators Who Make it Happen 

    Reis, Kendyl Michaela (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2019-11-11)
    Wisconsin Act 31, also known as Act 31, was signed into law in 1991 and requires Wisconsin schools to teach Indigenous studies in their classrooms. Act 31 was passed in response to a turbulent time in Northern Wisconsin when Ojibwe, who were exercising their treaty rights to spearfish, were confronted with white Wisconsinites, who protested against those rights. This time period was dubbed The Treaty ...
  • Standing Rock as a place of learning - Strenghtening Indigenous Identities 

    Vassvik, Tuula Sharma (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2019-11-12)
    ABSTRACT The paper looks at Indigenous identities and ways of decolonization through the lens of Standing Rock, an indigenous movement called, located by Lake Oahe (the Missoury River), North Dakota, from the spring in 2016 until late february 2017. The movement arose to protect the local drinking water against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and with time came to symbolize ...
  • The History of Sámi Reindeer Husbandry in Greenland and the Transfer of Traditional Knowledge from Sámi Herders to Greenlandic Apprentices 

    Gaup, Lena Susanne Kvernmo (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2019-06-05)
    Danish authorities introduced reindeer husbandry to Greenland in 1952 when three hundred domesticated reindeer where purchased from a reindeer pastoral district or siida in Kárášjohka and transported to Greenland by boat to the Nuuk fjord. By introducing semi-domesticated reindeer to Greenland, the Danish state intended to establish an abundant new industry and occupation for people, as well as ...

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