Healing in the Sámi North
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionSexton, R. og Stabbursvik, E.A.B. (2010) Healing in the Sámi North. Cult Med Psychiatry, 34, s. 571-589. 10.1007/s11013-010-9191-x
Here is a special emphasis today on integrating traditional healing within health services. However, most areas in which there is a system of traditional healing have undergone colonization and a number of pressures suppressing tradition for hundreds of years. The question arises as to how one can understand today’s tradition in light of earlier traditions. This article is based on material collected in Sa ́mi areas of Finnmark and Nord-Troms Norway; it compares local healing traditions with what is known of earlier shamanic traditions in the area. The study is based on 27 interviews among healers and their patients. The findings suggest that although local healing traditions among the Sami in northern Norway have undergone major transformations during the last several hundred years, they may be considered an extension of a long- standing tradition with deep roots in the region. Of special interest are also the new forms tradition may take in today’s changing global society.
Artikkel som omhandler lokale helbredertradisjoner.