Boaronjárga, 9520 Guovdageaidnu
The Kautokeino Rural Museum is situated on a large plain near the breadth of the Kautokeino river, centrally located in the Kautokeino church community centre. This outdoor complex, which is comprised of buildings moved to this site, demonstrates the multifaceted nature of the old Sámi culture, namely those living in the inland area. A culture involving: reindeer herding and farming, fishing- and hunting turf huts, hayfields and complexes for river fishing. Here one finds small and simple buildings made of woodwork and sod. They illustrate the traditional Sámi relationship with the nature. The buildings that were eventually moved to this rural museum were registered and measured by the architect Kjell Borgen in the 1950s.

The old buildings' use of materials and size was taken into consideration when the new building was added to the museum complex. The new building has a large tarred wooden roof that is drawn downwards over the walls. Sod mounds are built up around the walls in order to suggest turf huts, figuratively drawing the visitor backwards in time. The earthen mounds also serve to protect from floods. A heavy flood on the Kautokeino waterways occurs roughly once during a span of one hundred years.

Year of construction

1986-1987

Architect

Borgen, Bing Lorentzen &
Krishna AS

Client

Guovdageainnu Gilisillju

Building Type

Museum
exhibitions

Construction System / Materials

Woodwork
stone
sod

Keywords

Sami
museum
woodwork
stone
sod
turf hut
farm building

Literature

Byggekunst 7/1990, pp. 392-395.

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