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Gudrun Norstedt

I study forest history, primarily Sami historical use of land and resources.


YA, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, 4 tr Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

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Senior research assistant at Várdduo-Centre för Sámi Research

I am interested in how the Sami used natural resources and shared them among themselves before the introduction of the first Reindeer Husbandry Act in 1886. In particular, I focus on the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Sami were still the dominant group in most of Swedish Lapland, and also held the majority in the district courts. An important part of my research is based upon K.B. Wiklund's collection of excerpts, which consists of more than 2500 excerpts of court protocols regarding Sami lands from the period 1645–1845. I have digitized this collection with the ultimate aim of setting up a geographical data base including all people and places mentioned. Also, I conduct more limited studies of specific research questions, for example Forest Sami fishing.

Vardagsliv i kåta och stuga: bidrag från Vilhelminabiennalen 23-24 september 2019, Umeå: Johan Nordlander-sällskapet 2021 : 79-106
Norstedt, Gudrun
Seasonal settlement in the medieval and early modern countryside, Leiden: Sidestone Press 2021 : 309-320
Norstedt, Gudrun
Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, Stockholm University Press 2021, Vol. 8, (1) : 1-15
Norstedt, Gudrun; Hasselquist, Eliza Maher; Laudon, Hjalmar
Forest Ecology and Management, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 502
Östlund, Lars; Norstedt, Gudrun
Skogssamisk vilja: en jubileumsantologi om skriften "Dat läh mijen situd", Karin Stenberg och skogssamisk historia och nutid, Umeå: Várdduo – Centrum för samisk forskning 2020 : 275-313
Norstedt, Gudrun
Journal of field archaeology, Routledge 2020, Vol. 45, (1) : 16-28
Norstedt, Gudrun; Axelsson, Anna-Lena; Laudon, Hjalmar; et al.
Umeå: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet 2019
Norstedt, Gudrun; Laudon, Hjalmar
Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 2018:30
Norstedt, Gudrun
Rangifer, Septentrio Academic Publishing 2017, Vol. 37, (1) : 69-92
Norstedt, Gudrun; Rautio, Anna-Maria; Östlund, Lars
De historiska relationerna mellan Svenska kyrkan och samerna: en vetenskaplig antologi, Skellefteå: Artos 2016 : 823-854
Norstedt, Gudrun
Arctic Anthropology, University of Wisconsin 2016, Vol. 53, (1) : 22-36
Norstedt, Gudrun; Östlund, Lars
Svenska Dagbladet
Norstedt, Gudrun
Sápmi i ord och bild: en antologi. 1, Västra Frölunda: On Line 2015 : 32-51
Norstedt, Gudrun
Arctic, Arctic Institute of Northern America 2014, Vol. 67, (2) : 223-237
Norstedt, Gudrun; Axelsson, Anna-Lena; Östlund, Lars
Economic Botany, Springer 2013, Vol. 67, (4) : 363-377
Rautio, Anna-Maria; Norstedt, Gudrun; Östlund, Lars

I teach Sami historical land use in the Forest History course at SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. I also lecture on how historical maps and data from airborne laser scanning (ALS, Lidar) can be used to find cultural remains in the field and analyse historical resource use.