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Learn about Sápmi the heritage by Sami people

09/02/2012 | By More

Learn about Sápmi – The Land of the Northern Lights

They call their land Sápmi. Others decided to call their land Lapland. The truth is Sápmi overlaps what people think is Lapland and cover land from east Russia, Northern Finland, Norway and Sweden. Sámi people in these areas share culture and are the reindeer herder.

Learn about source of Sápmi and their culture, reported by CNN

 


Sápmi and the Sámi people:

Sami people, also spelled Sámi, or Saami, are the arctic indigenous people inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia, but also in the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. The Sápmi are Europe’s northernmost and the Nordic countries’ only officially indigenous people. Sápmi ancestral lands span an area of approximately 388,350 km2 (150,000 sq. mi), which is approximately the size of Sweden in the Nordic countries. Their traditional languages are the Sápmi languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family. The Sápmi languages are endangered.

These are the Sámi – the only indigenous people of Europe. Get to know them.

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Sámi people in traditonal clothing

Though in most respects the Sámi have been fully assimilated in modern Swedish society, in other ways they still proudly and energetically retain their traditional culture and lifestyle. And although Sámi of today are settled residents, an element of their traditional nomadic lifestyle remains – in summer the reindeer herders and their families follow the reindeer herds from the forests to the mountains.

There are a number of tour operators around Sápmi (Lapland and Northern Sweden) that offer Sámi experiences such as reindeer rides and various excursions for tourists.

Between December and April they invite you share their unique way of life, traditions and culture. The packages include driving reindeer, sleeping and eating in Sámi tipees and taking a trip with a Sámi guide across the tundra.

On the four-day trip you travel by reindeer sledge or dog sled across the white wilderness of this unforgiving land, driving and taking care of the reindeer. You stay in a Sámi tipee and one night could include a stay at the famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. There are shorter trips, including a half-day tour and reindeer safari.

You can visit Sápmi (Lapland) and the Sámi people both summer or winter.  This will be one of of the most remarkable and memorable trips you will ever take.

Learn more about the Sámi people and their culture

If you want to discover Sámpi and Sámi people, i highly recommend this book, “The Sámi People” by Veli-Pekka Lehtola which you can buy from this link below.

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The Sámi People: Traditions In Transition by Veli-Pekka Lehtola is written from the perspective of the indigenous Sámi people of Scandinavia and European Russia, the only ethnic group in Europe to be recognized as aboriginals. An economically and culturally diverse people who speak several dialects of the Sámi language, they have been divided by national borders for centuries. In recent decades the Sámi have been transitioning from their principle image as herders of reindeers to such contemporary enterprises as writers, artists, and political activists.

The Sámi People is written by academician and Sámi native Veli-Pekka Lehtola (a Senior Research Fellow, University of Oulu, Finland), and is available in English. A unique and invaluable work of original research, The Sámi People will prove to be of special interest and value to the study of circumpolar aboriginal peoples, and is an important contribution to the fields of anthropology, sociology, ethnic cultural studies, and European history.

More information about the Sámi people can you find below.

 

Visit the Local Site of Sápmi if you plan a trip to this amazing community in North Scandinavia  (http://www.visitsapmi.com/en/)

 

Category: Sápmi - Lapland

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