Jenni Laiti

Artivist, Indigenous Rights Activist and Duojár

Jenni Unni Aili Laiti (1981) is a Saami artivist, Indigenous rights activist and duojár, traditional Saami craft maker. She is from Aanaar (Inari), Finnish side of Sápmi and lives now in Jåhkåmåhkke (Jokkmokk), Swedish side of Sápmi with their family. Their family belongs to the Sirges Saami reindeer herding community. Laiti is a part of family Mihkus, who is known as great duodji masters.

Laiti has been active in the Saami civil society since she was 16 years. In recent years they have been active in the fight against a planned mining project in Kallak/Gállok in their home town, advocating for climate justice in Sápmi, working with local Saami communities to build and strengthen Saami self-determination and creating post-apocalypse worlds to be. Anti-coloniality, indigenous futurism, Saami traditional knowledge, love for their people and to the land and to live as a free people guideline their artivistical work which is composed by duodji, culture jamming, direct action, performances and community art. Their passion is justice, not just for ourselves, but justice for all of creation.

Image: Carl-Johan Utsi

Jenni Laiti, a white-skinned person with black shoulder-length and curly hair, stands sideways in front of a white backdrop looking into the camera. Framed from the knees up, Laiti is wearing a salmon coloured gákti and a salmon coloured tulle headpiece.


  1. For the Next Seven Generations, a text piece by Jenni Laiti. The piece is available in Northern Sámi, Finnish and English.

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