As a new student at the Master’s Programme in Indigenous Studies (MIS), you will start your studies with a field school trip. The trip gives you the opportunity to learn more about different Sami regions and communities. In addition it is a good occasion to get to know your fellow MIS students. On this page you will find general information about previous field school trips.
Benefits of field school
• On a field trip, students are more likely to retain information. Being immersed in information and being involved in visual and practical experiences will help students remember, learn and understand subjects.
• Field trips will help reinforce classroom materials, bringing lessons to life. School trips give students the opportunity to visualize, experience and discuss information on a subject.
• Going on field trips offers students a unique cultural learning experience. It allows students to be involved in new environments, key to encouraging curiosity about a given subject. It is also valuable as an exercise in broadening a student’s understanding of the world and their place in it.
• Educational trips encourage the development of social, personal and study skills. It has been observed that students appear to come out of their shell on field trips, becoming creative and displaying leadership qualities.
The 2017 field school:
The 2017 field school trip went to the Márka Sami region in Southern Troms/Northern part of Nordland and Bardufoss and Andslimoen, where the students visited Sami and non-Sami institutions and organizations.
Education was a topic emphasized at this year's Field School. With visits to the Sami kindergarten Márkomának in Skánit/Skånland, the Sami primary school in Inner Troms and the upper secondary school in Bardufoss.
The students also visited Laila Inga, a reindeer owner at Iinnasuolu/Hinnøya Island. In a deeply insightful and educational way, Laila told about the challenges and opportunities her family face in their daily work with traditional reindeer husbandry combined with tourism livelihood.
Continuing to Skánit/Skånland and Evenášši/Evenes, the students met with the staff at Várdobáiki Sami Centre and the Márkomeannu festival and volunteers working for the Stuornjárga Sámi Duodji Association.
As one student noted, "just as we travelled through the landscape on the excursion, we also travelled through the history, and thus the process of institutions built by and for the Márka Sámi on their historical lands and in their communities" (Amanda Fayant, 2017).
Pictures from MIS Field Trip 2017: