Lapps and Sámis have been studied much and there has been an abundance of research material and analytical descriptions written in the last centuries. The Inari Sámi culture and lifestyle has not really been completely studied on the whole at all. Some traits are described as part of general, broad investigations of the Sámi people or dealt with allusively, incidentally. Inari is described in many travel accounts and descriptions but even then, when referring to Sámis, they are all put into one bunch. Such writers are e.g. Jacob Fellman, M.A. Castrén, Antti Hämäläinen and Ilmari Hustich. The Inari Sámis do not seem to have been a very interesting research subject. The Skolts have been studied more. There are numerous studies that deal only with the Skolts. It is also usual that in research work dealing with the Sámis in general, there is an additional chapter about the Skolts, but none concerning the Inari Sámi.
Research dealing exclusively with the Inari Sámi surely does exist, but all of them study or describe the language. Some fields in which the Inari Sámi are included within a broader range of study are anthropology, history and music.
1. Works Investigating the Inari Sámi
Elisa Lönnrot: Ueber den Enare-Lappischen Dialekt (1854). The book is about the conjugation and inflection of verbs and nouns as well as samples of the language and a glossary.
A. V. Koskimies’ and T. I. Itkonen’s work concerns the storytelling traditions in Inari Lappish folklore (1918). Koskimies collected the material for the book in 1886.
Frans Äimä studied the phonetics of Inari Sámi in his work Phonetik und Lautlehre des Inarilappischen I-II (1918). He also collected a glossary with as many 10,000 words. Älmä’s glossary serves as the basis for Erkki Itkonen’s dictionary Inarilappisches Wörterbuch I-IV. Edited by Raija Bartens and Lea Laitinen (1986-1991).
Erkki Itkonen: Samples of the Inari Sámi language – Aanaarkiela čájttuzeh (1992). A text anthology, edited by Lea Laitinen.
Pekka Sammallahti – Matti Morottaja: An Inari Sámi dictionary, Säämi-suomâ sänikirje (1993).
Anja Akujärvi: The Morottaja Family (1998).
Irja Jefremoff: Varriistâllâm – The Yearly Migrations of the Inari Sámi (2001).
Pekka Sammallahti has made a manuscript for a work dealing with Inari Sámi phonetics.
Marja-Liisa Olthuis: Inarinsaamelaiset lajinnimet. Lintujen ja sienten kansannimitysten historiaa ja oppitekoisten uudisnimien muodostuksen metodiikkaa (2007). (a thesis on Inari Sámi names for bird and mushroom species)
Marja-Liisa Olthuis has made an Inari Sámi dictionary and grammar photocopied for assessment.
Annika Pasanen is preparing her thesis on the revitalization of the Inari Sámi.
Marko Jouste has studied Inari Sámi yoik. His thesis on North Sámi yoik in Inari is in the final stages.
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