Cultural Consultation and Frozen II

Thomas A.  DuBois (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

This paper examines consultations between Disney Animation Studios and the Sámi Parliaments of Finland, Norway, and Sweden in the creation of the 2019 film Frozen II. The cooperation not only resulted in concrete benefits for the Sámi community but also focused wider attention on a central environmental controversy of the Sámi past, protests concerning the construction of the Álttá dam in 1979. The paper examines Frozen II as a case study in Indigenous negotiations with respect to intellectual property and traditional knowledge and the roles entertainment media can play in relation to communities committed to cultural and environmental sustainability.

Part of 24-04 Speaking Through/With Time and Tradition: Nordic Case Studies, Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm