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Staff photo Gudrun Norstedt

Gudrun Norstedt

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

Works at

Postdoctoral fellow at Várdduo-Centre för Sámi Research
YA, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, 4 tr Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

The title of my current research project is "My land, your land. Autonomy and resource sharing in Sami lands before 1886". 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 am currently digitizing this collection with the aim of setting up a research data base where these protocols will be searchable and both people and places mentioned will be identified. Also, I conduct more limited studies of specific research questions, for example Forest Sami fishing.

Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, Stockholm University Press 2021, Vol. 8, (1) : 1-15
Norstedt, Gudrun; Hasselquist, Eliza Maher; Laudon, Hjalmar
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.