Let the River Flow
An Indigenous Uprising and its Legacy in Art, Ecology and Politics
Edited by Katya García-Antón, Harald Gaski, Gunvor Guttorm

Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste, Matti Aikio, Ivar Bjørklund, Mari Boine, Daniela Catrileo, Carolina Caycedo, Raven Chacon, Eva Maria Fjellheim, Katya García-Antón, Harald Gaski, Gunvor Guttorm, Aslak Holmberg, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Sofia Jannok, Rauna Kuokkanen, Wanda Nanibush, Beaska Niillas, Synnøve Persen, Katarina Pirak Sikku, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Niillas A. Somby, Paulus Utsi, Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Magne Ove Varsi


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A valuable source book about the influences of indigenous activism on contemporary politics and the central place of artists in social change processes. Takes eco-indigenous rebellion as a starting point and looks at current indigenous discourses. Reflects on the events of the Álta action and their correlations with the current eco-actions of international artists. Let the River Flow addresses readers with an interest in decolonial, Indigenous, solidarity and environmental questions within artistic practice and beyond.

Contemporary Art, Popular Culture, Theory / History / Criticism
Its call to ‘let the river live’ rallied against the construction of a large dam across the Álttáeatnu river on the Norwegian side of Sápmi, the Sámi homeland. The Áltá Action (c. 1978–82) catapulted the demands for Indigenous sovereignty to the forefront of the politics of the time, and grew into an unexpectedly broad movement of solidarity in which Sámi artists played a central role. Many key questions raised by the Action pertinent in the region and beyond remain unresolved today. Let the River Flow makes essential reading for any discussion regarding how governments, artists and citizens will act upon these questions within the frame of today’s worldwide call for decolonization and Indigenization. New essays by 24 leading Indigenous artists, writers and scholars as well as allies, together with key existing texts, focus on the significant political and artistic reverberations of the Action past and present.
Design: Hans Gremmen.

Katya García-Antón is Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and editor of Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism (2018).
Harald Gaski is a professor in Sami literature at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Gunvor Guttorm is Professor in duodji (Sámi arts and crafts, traditional art, applied art) at the Sámi University College in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino in Norway.

296 pages
Paperback, 16.5x23.5 cm
Valiz, 1st edition 2020
ISBN 9789492095794