In this article we address storytelling as an epistemic practice and ask if/how storytelling can become a tool for reconciliation, specifically in relation to violent acts of past and present colonising. In Sápmi, telling stories is essential in everyday life. Stories are told to engage actively with questions, as opposed to referring to an absent past, or to bringing forth explanations or arguments. Stories are told to bring past events and knowledge on how to live well and respectfully with both human and non-human beings into the present knowledge. Enacting in stories is also a central part of recalling how earthlings can live together in the Sámi landscape. In this article, stories on sieidies (Sámi sacrificial place) are addressed. We make evident the existence of a land of dormant reciprocity in the Norwegian present, and establish sieidies as ontologically multiple. We will propose that stories, with their implicit or explicit recognition of this multiplicity, can work in the ongoing reconciliation addressed by the Norwegian government and the Sámi Parliament.
|Title of host publication||Recognition, Reconciliation and Restoration|
|Subtitle of host publication||Applying a Decolonized Understanding in Social Work and Healing Processes|
|Editors||Jan Erik Henriksen, Ida Hydle, Britt Kramvig|
|Place of Publication||Stamsund, Norway|
|Number of pages||17|
|ISBN (Electronic)||978-82-8104-411-1, 978-82-8104-412-8, 978-82-8104-413-5, 978-82-8104-414-2|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|