University of Lapland Faclty of Art and Design
Sustainable Development Research Group
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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.
- 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 Noaide Drums found in England’. Publication in: BAIKI, The International Sami Journal. Issue 34, Fall 2011. (20th anniversary issue), p 8-11.
- Joy, Francis (2011) ‘The History of Lapland and the case of the Sami Noaidi drum figures reversed’. Publication in: The Estonial Journal of Folklore: http://www.folklore.ee/folklore/vol47
- 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.
- 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: http://www.antropologinenseura.fi/journal/journal/volume-32-12007/