Director of Várdduo - Centre of Sámi Research and associate professor at the Department of Language Studies/Sámi dutkan. Intellectual Indigenous traditions is my research interests.
Krister Stoor, Director of Várdduo - Centre of Sámi Research and associate professor at Dept. of Language Studies/Sámi dutkan. I was born in Jukkasjärvi parish, grew up in Kiruna and Orusjohka in the northern part of Sweden. I teach undergraduates, graduate as well doctoral students, in the section of Sámi dutkan/Sámi Studies at Umeå University where I earned my Ph.D, in 2007. My dissertation is based on yoik stories – Jojkberättelser. My academic research field is folklore, narratives and yoik, the Sámi way of singing. I am affiliated with Arcum Arctic Research Centre at UmU.
Some know me as a yoik performer, I've been playing with Stuoris & Bálddonas, Björkstakören and solo. Furthermore I have published three CD:s.
My research interest is:
Traditional knowledge or intellectual Indigenous traditions is a field that has drawn interest in recent decades. These discussions will certainly continue. Through the elders' experiences, their practical work and oral traditions we can gain a good picture of heritage and knowledge. In that way we tie past, present and future together – like a crocheted tablecloth. Traditional knowledge is built upon experience, a holistic view and empirical personal studies, developed together with the art of trying, failing, learning and trying again. One need not express explicitly what to do or how to do it: just see, understand, learn and try. By analyzing Sámi yoiks and songs we can get valuable information about times gone by. For instance, songs of animals, like the arctic fox appears in several old songs – this is a theme well worth studying.