Black Fox: A Life of Emilie Demant Hatt, Artist and Ethnographer (Hardcover)

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Black Fox: A Life of Emilie Demant Hatt, Artist and Ethnographer (Hardcover)


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In 1904 a young Danish woman met a Sami wolf hunter on a train in Sweden. This chance encounter transformed the lives of artist Emilie Demant and the hunter, Johan Turi. In 1907–8 Demant went to live with Sami families in their tents and on migrations, later writing a lively account of her experiences. She collaborated with Turi on his book about his people. On her own and later with her husband Gudmund Hatt, she roamed on foot through Sami regions as an ethnographer and folklorist. As an artist, she created many striking paintings with Sami motifs. Her exceptional life and relationships come alive in this first English-language biography.

In recounting Demant Hatt's fascinating life, Barbara Sjoholm investigates the boundaries and influences between ethnographers and sources, the nature of authorship and visual representation, and the state of anthropology, racial biology, and politics in Scandinavia during the first half of the twentieth century.
Barbara Sjoholm is the editor and translator of Demant Hatt's narrative With the Lapps in the High Mountains. Her many books include novels about Demant Hatt's youthful romance with Danish composer Carl Nielsen: Fossil Island and The Former World.
Product Details ISBN: 9780299315504
ISBN-10: 0299315509
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 408
Language: English
"A fascinating story of a talented woman's unconventional career at the outset of the twentieth century. Through Sjoholm's meticulous archival investigation, Emilie Demant Hatt emerges as a woman of tremendous energy, insight, and vision, unafraid to cross the various academic, artistic, and cultural barriers of her time." —Thomas A. DuBois, translator of Johan Turi's An Account of the Sámi

"Emilie Demant Hatt's contributions to Sami ethnography deserve wide recognition, and this biography provides an absorbing account of her achievements as an ethnographer as well as an artist." —Trude Fonneland, author of Contemporary Shamanisms in Norway

"Sjoholm is everything one could wish for in a biographer: a sympathetic and dedicated researcher, a vivid prose stylist, and a natural storyteller." —Christina Thompson, author of Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All