Ann-Catrin Blind, Laponia

What’s your take on cultural heritage and intercultural dialogue?

The world heritage Laponia is a natural and cultural heritage. In the world heritage people live and work side by side with different cultural backgrounds. For the Laponiatjuottjudus administration it’s therefore a natural part of the working methodology to work from an intercultural dialogue with the local population in the world heritage.

How do you think we can amplify the relevance of cultural heritage in the everyday life of people (outside the sector)?

A part of our work methodology is to collect local population’s knowledge of the world and implement it into the administration’s ways of working.  We have had a couple of projects where we collected traditional knowledge from different kinds of groups in Laponia. One example is the oral knowledge that we found in an area where Sami and non-Sami knowledge carriers live.
The material was presented in an exhibition with hosting storytellers. During the storytelling moments the knowledge carriers would meet and let the audience listen to their stories from different geographical areas.

Which big challenges do you think that cultural institutions have concerning the future?

For the majority of society it can be challenging to loosen up structures that exist today and listen to the views of minorities and indigenous peoples ways of thinking. A mindset that may not always go hand in hand with the majority of society. If the majority of society dares to be more open and receptive for different cultural traditions and other mindsets it can open up for new knowledge and perspectives.


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