Liisa-Ravna Finbog

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Liisa-Rávná Finbog is a Sámi archaeologist and museologist from Oslo/Vaapste/Skánit on the Norwegian side of the border. She lives in Oslo and is currently pursuing a PhD in museology where she looks at the relation between Sámi identity and duodji within a museological framework. 

She is also an accomplished practicioner of duodji and teaches both courses and workshops in traditional Sámi arts.


Academic interests

museology and museum studies

Collections and exhibitions


cultural heritage






2013 MA i Museologi, Universitetet i Oslo

"Med nav og eiker. En museologisk analyse av hvordan markesamisk identitet skapes, reforhandles, vedlikeholdes og utvikler seg ved Várdobáiki samisk senter"


2010 MA I Arkeologi, Universitetet i Oslo

"Gullgubber i Nord : Om mannen som ble en gud og kvinnen som ble et landskap - eller fortellingen om kjønn, ideologi og kult på Borg i Lofoten"


Ongoing projects

Phd-project: 'It Speaks To You' - Making kin of people, duodji, and stories in Sámi museums.


Abstract: This project” looks at the process of regaining Indigenous sovereignty, through the recentering of Sami identities. It does so by firstly, by looking into how epistemicide (the colonial killing of knowledge) following the colonization of Sapmi, the Sami homelands, worked to disrupt the knowledge(s) contained in the traditional aesthetic practice of duodji. Secondly, it traces the work that is being done in Sami communities today to re-remember practices within duodji and in the process negotiate Sami identities, and how museums with their vast collections of Sami heritage objects play into these processes.

Tags: Museums and Museology, Cultural heritage, Identity, Sami, ethnic minorities, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture


  • Finbog, Liisa-Rávná (2019). The Duojár: An Agent of the Symbolic Repatriation of Sámi Cultural Heritage, In Jennifer Markides & Laura Forsythe (ed.),  Research Journeys In/To Multiple Ways of Knowing.  Dio Press Inc.  ISBN 9781645040101.  Chapter 10.  s 93 - 102
  • Finbog, Liisa-Rávná (2015). Gákti ja goahti : heritage work and identity at Várdobáiki Museum. Nordisk Museologi.  ISSN 1103-8152.  (2), s 95- 107 . doi: 10.5617/nm.3050

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  • Finbog, Liisa-Rávná (2020). Det som ikke er vakkert. Altså.  (6), s 163- 165
  • Finbog, Liisa-Rávná (2017). #JeSuisSiv og kofta som forsvant. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Finbog, Liisa-Rávná (2017). Muitalus sámiid birra - ei forteljing om samar. Syn og Segn.  ISSN 0039-7717.  (4)

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Published Sep. 1, 2017 10:06 AM - Last modified Jan. 27, 2021 1:50 PM