In early May 2022, the Maxwell inaugurated Sámi Dreams, an exhibition loaned by Norway House of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This exhibition, about the Indigenous people of Northern Europe, features the photographs of Randall Hyman and first-hand testimony of Sámi people living across northern Scandinavia. The exhibition contains oral histories, and addresses issues pertaining to Indigenous rights, Scandinavian culture, and Arctic climate change. This exhibit will remain at the Maxwell until Saturday, August 27, 2022.
In a separate section of the North gallery, the Maxwell is also presenting Sámi objects from its own collection and highlighting the theme of climate change, an issue the museum has addressed through many exhibitions of the last few years (i.e., Archaeology on Ice and Drowned River, among others), and which we intend to continue addressing in future exhibitions.
On Randall Hyman
Randall Hyman has traveled the globe on magazine assignments for over four decades covering natural history, science, and cultural topics from Northern Europe to South America to Asia to Africa. His photo essays and articles have appeared in a range of magazines including Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Discover, American History, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Science, Wildlife Conservation, National Wildlife, British Heritage and various National Geographic books.
As a 2013 Fulbright Scholar in Norway and guest of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Mr. Hyman covered field science, resource development, and climate change in the Arctic for a number of organizations and publications. In 2015, he was the distinguished Josephine Patterson Albright Fellow of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, expanding on his coverage of Arctic climate change. In 2018 he photographed and produced this exhibit about the Sami, northern Europe's only Indigenous people, which began touring North America in 2019. He continues to focus on Arctic topics and lecture on polar climate change across the United States and Europe.
(See his magazine work including a showcase of the Sámi exhibit)
This exhibit is sponsored by UNM's Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.