We are thrilled to announce that the second NAARCA writing commission has been awarded to Hanna Guttorm.
Hanna Ellen Guttorm fumbles to learn a more sustainable way of living on the Earth in-between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous worlds as well as in-between arts and sciences. She has revitalised the language (and culture) of her father, North Sámi, and moves, thinks, feels, and is affected – and vulnerable – within the discourses and materialities of which she happens to live. She is a senior researcher at the University of Helsinki focusing on Indigenous Studies and is a member of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Sciences. She is also an Associate Professor in Sámi Teacher Education at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences in Guovdageaidnu. Her current research on healing methodologies is funded by Kone foundation and continues the movement – and the dream – towards texts and pieces, which invites readers to think, feel, and act towards solidarity, reciprocity, and sustainability transition. Additionally, she participates in multiple collaborative research projects concerning Indigenous well-being and (bio)diversity.
For the NAARCA writing commission, she writes with the sorrow, embarrassment, and hope of an Earthling, once again, to and with her own people(s) and other Earthly beings, multilingually and care-fully.
Image: Hannah Guttorm; provided by the artist.