Shifts towards Decolonization: Revoicing Mikko Aikio’s Joik-Songs in New Contexts

Tim Frandy (Western Kentucky University)

Ethnographer A.V. Koskimies conducted fieldwork with two dozen Inari Sámi informants during the summer of 1886, eventually publishing an anthology of Sámi oral tradition called Inari Sámi Folklore, that helped define the community as devout, Christianized, and largely assimilated into Finnish society. This paper will look at the repertoire of joik-singer Mikko Aikio, whose contributions subtly resist and defy the increasing influence of the church in the community. Exploring Aikio’s contributions in historical context, I argue that shifting critical paradigms helps revoice and decolonize Aikio, whose contributions were repurposed in ways contrary to his own personal political agenda.

Part of 21-03 Creative Shifts: Music, Mobility, and Meaning in a Globalizing North, Tuesday, October 19, 9:30 am–11:00 am