Speaker discusses 'Shamans, Reindeer, & Insider Knowledge'

Reindeer & Insider Knowledge" on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in 102 Thompson Hall as part of the Scandinavian Culture Series.

Hosted by German and Scandinavian Studies, the lecture will followed by a screening of "Pathfinder," the first-ever S?mi language film, which is based on an ancient, native tale. The 1988 film was directed by Nils Gaup and has English subtitles.

The film tells the story of a young S?mi named Aigin is forced negotiate the known and the unknown, after his family is killed and their reindeer pelts are pillaged by the Tchudes, a warlike people who roamed northern Scandinavia around 1000 A.D. Aigin acquires the skills he needs to become the shaman, or pathfinder, and uses his intimate knowledge of the landscape to lure the invaders away.

This lecture and screening are part of the Scandinavian Culture Series and are made possible by German and Scandinavian Studies, Modern European Studies, Film Studies and the Anthropology Department, the Consulate General of Norway, the Swedish Institute and the Roth Endowment.