Last changed: 27 February 2023

Sacred Tree publication

“A Sacred Tree in the Boreal forest: A Narrative About a Sámi Shaman, her Tree, and the Forest Landscape” Published in the journal Human Ecology by authors Ingela Bergman and Lars Östlund This research documents a sacred tree use by a Sami woman shaman in the early 19th century. The tree still exist and has an stone offering platform inside the tree. The life story of Guoksik-gummo and her relation to the pre-industrial forest landscape and one specific bird, the Siberian Jay, is related. The authors further discuss how the Sami cultural heritage in northern forests should be respected and protected

Old growth tree

Highlighted Publications

Here you can read more about our work in the following publications

  1. Baudet, M., & Östlund, L. (2022). Collecting Cores to Age Hollow Trees: A Research Note on Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris). Tree-Ring Research78(2), 150-155.
  2. Laudon, H., Lidberg, W., Sponseller, R., Hasselquist, E. M., Westphal, F., Östlund, L., ... & Ågren, A. (2022). Emerging technology can guide ecosystem restoration for future water security. Authorea Preprints.
  3. Cogos, C., Östlund, L. and Roturier, S. (2021) "Negotiating (with) Fire: Contemporary Fire Domestication in Swedish Sápmi," Journal of Ethnobiology 41(4), 499-516,
  4. Östlund, L., Laestander, S., Aurell, G., & Hörnberg, G. (2022). The war on deciduous forest: Large-scale herbicide treatment in the Swedish boreal forest 1948 to 1984. Ambio, 51(5), 1352-1366.
  5. Östlund, L., & Norstedt, G. (2022). Preservation of the cultural legacy of the indigenous Sami in northern forest reserves – Present shortcomings and future possibilities. Forest Ecology and Management, 502, 119726.
  6. Cogos, S., Östlund, L., & Roturier, S. (2021). Fire Management in The Boreal Forest of Swedish Sápmi: Prescribed Burning and Consideration of Sami Reindeer Herding During 1920 –1970. Environmental Management, 68(3), 295-309.
  7. Lundmark, H., Östlund, L. & Josefsson, T. (2021) Continuity forest or second-generation forest? Historic aerial photos provide evidence of early clear-cutting in northern Sweden. Silva Fennica 55:1.
  8. Östlund, L., Bergman, I., Sandström, C., & Brännström, M. (2020). The legal application of ethnoecology: The Girjas Sami Village versus the Swedish State. Plants, People, and Places: The Roles of Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology in Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in Canada and Beyond, 188-202.
  9. Östlund, L., Zegers, G., Benjamin Cáceres Murrie, B., Fernández, M., Carracedo-Recasens, R., Josefsson, T., Prieto, A. & Roturier, S. (2020) Culturally modified trees and forest structure at a Kawésqar ancient settlement at Río Batchelor, western Patagonia. Human Ecology, XX: 1-13.
  10. Baudet, M., T. Josefsson, and L. Östlund, 2020. New insights into estimating the age of old Scots pine from increment cores with stem rot. Dendrochronologia 64:125782.
  11. Cogos, S., Roturier, S., & Östlund, L. (2020). The origins of prescribed burning in Scandinavian forestry: the seminal role of Joel Wretlind in the management of fire-dependent forests. European Journal of Forest Research, 139(3), 393-406.
  12. Östlund, L., Öbom, A., Löfdahl, A., & Rautio, A. M. (2020). Women in forestry in the early twentieth century–new opportunities for young women to work and gain their freedom in a traditional agrarian society. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 1-14.