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Sami Shamanism in Eclipse

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology will host local author and anthropologist Jay Fuller at their monthly World Explorations Lecture Series on Sunday, April 6th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The talk will be held at the Chico Women’s Club.


Join us for an enlightening exploration of the indigenous Sami people of Arctic Europe who have lived as hunters, trappers, gatherers and reindeer herders for at least 5,000 years.


Central to this culture has been the Sami’s animistic religious perspective, guided by noaide  – Sami shamans.  These religious figures kept themselves and their clan members in balance with the natural world and world’s unseen.  During the 19th and 20th centuries the Sami endured religious persecution and loss of traditional land rights –driving their culture and shamanistic practices out of sight.   Learn how these traditions are emerging from the shadow of the past in the 21st century.


The talk is free and open to the public.


The Chico Women’s Club is located at 592 E. 3rd Street in downtown Chico.


For more information call 530-898-5397 or email [email protected].

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