Sámi Re-Imaginings of Equality in/through Extracurricular Arts Education in Finland
As part of her previous research, Global Visions researcher Dr. Alexis Kallio and co-researcher Hildá Länsman have published an article entitled: Sámi re-imaginings of equality in/through extracurricular arts education in Finland, in the International Journal of Education and the Arts. The Indigenized arts-based inquiry reported in this article addresses matters of equality in Finland’s extracurricular arts education system, as experienced by Indigenous Sámi artists, arts educators, scholars, and community leaders. Challenging national narratives of cultural homogeneity and egalitarianism, this research identifies aspects of this publicly-funded arts education system that function to create, or perpetuate inequality for Sámi learners. Employing narrative and joik as analysis approaches, we reflect upon these processes of exclusion in order to envision new possibilities for this national arts education system to not only accommodate Sámi learners, but to learn from and together with Indigenous arts, pedagogies, onto-epistemologies and ways of being to enhance equality for all. Alexis is continuing this work in the fields of music teacher education and research ethics in her Global Visions research.