Risto Kujanpää

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The Sámi people have been residing in the northernmost part of Europe for more than 10.000 years. But nowadays the newly established Nordic nation states claim their land. However even now independent Saamiland is alive in the minds of its people. Typography and language are integral tools in creating nation states. The same tools were used to oppress the Sámi. Working together with Sámi language typographers, linguists and the Sámi parliament, Risto Kujanpää designed a typeface that aims to include, rather than oppress. 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. According to the initiators Unesco and UN, “most indigenous languages are in danger, even though they are the main conveyors of knowledge that provide original solutions to contemporary challenges.”

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