Joy, Francis

Francis-web.jpgResearcher, MA.
University of Lapland Faclty of Art and Design
Sustainable Development Research Group

phone + 358(0)40 4844 299


Master of Arts, the Science of Religion, University of Helsinki, Finland 2007. Major subject: Shamanism and Rock art in Finland.

Batchelor of Arts degree with Honours, European history and The Study of Religion; Bath Spa University, The United Kingdom, 2004. Major subject: The study of Religions; Minor subject: European War History.

Title of dissertation: Shamanism, animism, totemism and Sami art, a contemporary study.

The History of Lapland has been characterised by the evens which saw the practice of an indigenous form of shamanism go underground as a response to religios conversion and cultural upheaval administered during the colonial era which swept through the Sami homelands throughout Scandinavia. As a response to these changes, the symbols from the ancient hunting culture which are depicted through rock paintings and Sami noaidi-shaman drums representing Sami worldview and cosmology began their journey from the realm of the sacred towards the domesticated. As the result of these historical events, currently, there is a research gap into the practice of shamanism amongst the Sami in Finland and the purpose of the doctoral studies is to investigate and examine how this can be seen in a contemporary way through different forms of art.

Scientific Publications

  • Joy, Francis 2016. Sámi Shamanism Past and Present and the Desecration of the Sacred in Finland. In: Bunikowski, Dawid (ed) Philosophy of Law in the Arctic. Published by The University of the Arctic, The Arctic Law Thematic Network, The Sub-group of Philosophy of Law in the Arctic, Rovaniemi. pp 53-60.
  • Joy, Francis 2016. The Sámi Noaidi Grave in Kuusamo and the Significance of the North-South Orientation. In: Journal of Finnish Studies Volume 19 Number 1, June 2016. pp 208-243. Published by Journal of Finnish Studies, Department of English, 1901 University Avenue, Evans 458 (P.O. Box 2146), Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2146, USA.
  • Joy, Francis. 2015. The Absence of Sámi History and Cultural Heritage in Children's Education in Finland, in: Heinamäki, Leena, Herrmann, Thora Martina & Raslich, Nichole A (eds.). Preserving Sacred Sites. Arctic Indigenous Peoples as Cultural Heritage Rights Holders. Jurdica Lapponica 39. Published by the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland Printing Centre, Rovaniemi: 21-27
  • Joy, Francis. 2015. Sámi Shamanism, Fishing Magic and Drum Symbolism; in: SHAMAN - The International Journal for Shamanistic Research (ISSR), Volume 23, Numbers 1-2. Spring Autumn 2015: pp67-102. 
  • Joy, Francis. 2014. What influence do the old Sámi noaidi drums from Lapland play in the construction of new Shaman drums by Sámi persons today?, in: Kõiva, Mare & Kuperjanov, Andres (eds.). The Estonian Journal of Folklore, Volume 56, pp117-158. Published by: FB and Media Group of Estonian Literary Museum.
  • Joy, Francis (2013), (Abstract). Rock paintings, Shaman Drums and the Preservation of Ancient Sami Culture in Finland, in: Integrating Archaeological and Ethnographical Research, Volume 2. Conference Proceedings: 20th International Symposium, Irkutsk, May 24th - 30th 2013. Published by Irkutsk State Technical University, Russia.
  • Joy, Francis (2013) To All Our Relations: Evidence of Sámi Involvement in the Creation of Rock Paintings in Finland, in: Polar Record / First View Article, pp 1-4. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2013
  • Joy, Francis (2011) ‘The History of Lapland and the case of the Sami Noaidi drum figures reversed’. In: Kõiva, Mare & Kuperjanov, Andres (eds.). The Estonian Journal of Folklore, Volume 47, pp113-144. Published by: FB and Media Group of Estonian Literary Museum
  • Joy, Francis (2007) ‘Shamanism and Rock Art: The dancing figure and stone face at Hossa, Northern Finland’, Publication in: Suomen Antropologi Lehti, Volume 32/1, pp77-89

 Other Publications

  • Joy, Francis 2015. Saamelaisen kulttuurin ja hengellisyyden elävät traditiot 
    – eräitä kohtaamisia, in: Joensuu, Kosti. Valkonen, Sanna and Lampela, Lalle  (eds): AGON - Pohjoinen tiede- ja kulttuurilehti, Käännös: Tmi Eva Ahl. Pohjoinen filosofiyhdistys AGON ry ja kirjoittajat: 16-24
  • Joy, Francis 2015. Pyhä Maisema ja maapallon hyvinvointi, in: Seita Jäsenlehti, Lehto, Suomen    Luonnonskontojen yhdistys ry. Kesä 2/2015, pp26-30
  • Joy, Francis. 2014. Sámi rock paintings: links to Finnish pre-history defined, in: Finland Times, (ed.).     Shahidul Islam.
  • Joy, Francis 2012. The Bear Sieddistone in the Valley of Njuohgarggu, in: BAIKI, The International Saami Journal, Issue 35, Spring 2012, pp9-11. Published in the United States of America.
  • Joy, Francis (2011) ‘Sami Noaidi Drums Found in England’. Published in BAIKI: The International Sami Journal. Issue 34, Autumn/Fall 2011. (20th Anniversary Issue), pp8-11
  • Joy, Francis (2010) Art of the stones; An encounter with the shamanic rock art of Neolithic Finland. In: Sacred Hoop; Celebrating the cycles of life. Issue 68, 2010, pp 34-37. SGC Printing, Merthyr Tidfil, South Wales, United Kingdom.
  • Joy, Francis (2010) Druidreligion, Shamanism, och Landskapets Helighet. In: Ad Lucem, Tidskrift för Livsåskådning och kultur, 3/2010 Heligt. pp 20-27.Tryckning: Ekenäs Tryckeri, Ekenäs 2010. ISSN: 0355-9653.
  • Joy, Francis (2009) Repatriating Sami Shaman Drums, in: Shaman's Drum, A Journal of Experiential Shamanism and Spiritual Healing, Number 80, 2009. Published in The United States, Williams, Oregon, pp 8-9.

Newspaper articles

  • Joy, Francis (2014). Kalliomaalauksissa yhtäläisyyttä saamelaisuuteen, in: Lapin Kansa, number 120, p34. Translated from English to Finnish by Maria-Riitta Mallinen

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