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Queer Indigenous world-making in the Sámi TV comedy Njuoska bittut

Kyrola, Kata; (2022) Queer Indigenous world-making in the Sámi TV comedy Njuoska bittut. In: Valkonen, Sanna and Aikio, Áile and Alakorva, Saara and Magga, Sigga-Marja, (eds.) The Sámi world. Routledge: Abingdon, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter examines the Sámi TV comedy show Njuoska bittut (in Finnish Märät säpikkäät, Tarinatalo 2012–2013) by Sámi creatives Suvi West and Anne Kirste Aikio as queer Indigenous world-making. Drawing on queer Indigenous studies, queer of color critique, and Indigenous media studies, the chapter interrogates how Njuoska bittut offers an alternative vision of a world of Indigenous laughter, erotics and audiovisuality, where settler understandings of gender, sexuality, and the workings of the world are made strange and ridiculous. In addition to situating Njuoska bittut in relation to Sámi media and Native comedy, the chapter suggests that non-Native scholars studying Native materials might focus on moments that do not intuitively make sense to them, that stop them in their tracks and puzzle them, since such moments can point out the boundaries of the settler colonial imagination. In Njuoska bittut, these moments can also offer glimpses into the realm of queer Indigenous world-making. How could the “difficult-to-get” function as an opportunity to learn about Sámi worlds through pleasure, laughter and curiosity?

Type: Book chapter
Title: Queer Indigenous world-making in the Sámi TV comedy Njuoska bittut
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781003025511
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003025511
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10155276
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