AIDA (I) - Arctic Indigenous Design Archives (AIDA)


Picture from Ritva Tammela's archive: a dissertation on wallcarpet, with the wallcarpet, a Sámi man and a dog on the cover.

The first AIDA -project, referred today as the AIDA (I), aimed to ensure the preservation and continuity of Sámi design-thinking for future generations.

The project was launched at the Jokkmokk Winter Market and likewise, the final conference was held at the same location two years later.

The AIDA (I) -project was led by the Sámi Archives in 2017–2019.


AIDA (I) worked together with duojárs to establish their individual archives to preserve archival materials from their creative processes; twenty-two (22) singular archives then, called the Duojár Archives, were established to the Sámi Archives and the Ájtte, Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum.

During the project, established archives were used in a higher education of duodji provided by the Sámi University of Applied Sciences (Sámi allaskuvla), and youth from Inari and Jokkmokk participated in workshops inspired by the Duojár Archives. Likewise, digital pedagogical material based on the archives were offered through the AIDA homepage which were published at the same time.

In a major exhibition in the Ájtte museum, all the duojárs and their archives were presented together with duodji, produced by students at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences (Sámi allaskuvla).

Additionally, every established archive was highlighted in social media, and through smaller individual exhibitions the material was shown to an audience in the Ája library & archive of the Ájtte museum.

The project communicated with the public directly as well as in social media and by publishing blogs on the blogspot platform. 

Development of the project was made with reference duojár group and the donors of the Duojár Archive.

AIDA (I) was funded by the EU Interreg Nord V, the Lapin Liitto, the Norlands County Council, the Troms County Council, the Swedish Arts Council, the Ájtte - Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum, the Culture fund for Finland and Sweden, and the National Archives of Finland.


Image: Ritva Tammela's Archive / Sámi Archives

Useful Links:


Sámi Archives
Inker-Anni Linkola-Aikio,

Sámi University of Applied Sciences
Gunvor Guttorm,

Ájtte, Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum
Anna Westman Kuhmunen,