Duodjebálgát - Paths of Duodji

Special exhibition at the Regional Museum of Lapland Arktikum 28.10.2023-7.4.2024.
Welcome to the exhibition opening on Friday 27th of October 2023 at 6 pm.

In the exhibition, we travel alongside two Saami artisans to explore the Saami craft traditions and skills passed down through their families. We also delve into the formation of the artisans' own craft identities.

Birit Tornensis (born in 1985) and Reetta Tornensis (born in 1994) are cousins who have both studied Saami culture at the Giellagas Institute at the University of Oulu and learned soft Saami crafts at the Saami Education Center in Jokkmokk. The Tornensis siblings collaboratively create content for the social media account named Studio Tornensis. Their content primarily focuses on showcasing and depicting the traditional Saami crafts of the Enontekiö region, as well as other forms of art.

Reetta & Birit:
"In the exhibition, we depict our journey as Saami artisans. We showcase our family's craft tradition through both new and old Saami crafts and photographs. We also document our own learning process and growth as artisans. Alongside making mistakes, a significant part of the learning process involves understanding and interpreting our family's traditions. The importance of self-reflection in our work increases, especially when there isn't always a piece made by our grandmother to serve as a model."

Duodjebálgát is Reetta and Birit's first joint exhibition. While Birit now focuses more on creating traditional duodji, Reetta has taken steps towards duodji art design.

DUODJI refers to Sámi handicraft made using traditional techniques, design, and materials.

In the picture, cousins Reetta and Birit Tornensis. Photographer: Paul Miettinen, August 6, 2023.



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Duodjebálgát - Paths of Duodji

In the exhibition, we travel alongside two Saami artisans to explore the Saami craft traditions and skills passed down through their families.


Adults 18 €
Seniors, unemployed and students 11 €
Children (7–15 years) 5 €
Children under 7 years free of charge
Admission to temporary exhibitions 6 €

Family ticket 40 €

Price includes entry for 2 adults + 2 children aged 7-15 years + children under 7 years.

Museum Card 76,00 €

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Culture Pass

Adults 25 € (norm. 36€)
Seniors, unemployed, students 20 € (norm. 24€)
Children (7-15 yrs.) 10 € (norm. 15€)
Family 55€ (2 adults + 2 children 7-15 yrs. OR 1 adult + 3 children 7-15 yrs.) (norm.102€)
Children under 7years free or charge

Culture Pass is your ticket to three of Rovaniemi’s premier cultural attractions. Experience northern nature, art, history and phenomena in many exciting ways:

Korundi House of Culture
Discover new and daring northern perspectives through contemporary art.

Arktikum Science Centre and Museum
Your introduction to life in the north: Arctic issues and the history and culture of Lapland.

Science Centre Pilke
Explore northern forests, the sustainable use of wood and the possibilities of bioeconomy by doing and experiencing.

Culture Pass is personal and valid for 7 days – visit the three attractions as many times as you like. Welcome to the north!

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