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This article examines the possibilities for re-imagining a queer indigenous past in Sparrooabbán (Me and My Little Sister, Suvi West, 2016)—the first feature-length documentary film that discusses non-heterosexuality in Sámi communities. We explore how the film queers the gákti, the traditional Sámi dress; how it uses elements other than verbal expression to mark queer traces in Sápmi; and how spirituality and faith create a (dis)connection to a Two-Spirit past and present. We argue that the documentary produces a series of minor transformative gestures to create a queer Sámi archive of affect when there is no conventional archival knowledge of gender and sexual diversity pre–settler colonialism.
|Journal||Journal of Cinema and Media Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2021|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- Queer Indigenous Studies
- Indigenous peoples
- Sámi cinema
- settler colonialism
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