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"Nobody claims that the Lapps (Saami) have come here from somewhere else. The Lapps have been an ancient inhabitant right across Lapland..."
So, along my travels I've discovered a tidbit of information that hadn't been featured on any of the blogs or websites I follow regarding the old traditions of the Saami People... and what a wealth of information I'd been missing out on! Wowza!Johan Turiwww.eng.samer.se/1273
At the Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo, there was a small feature regarding this man whose self-determination is impressive and inspiring as hell.
Considered to be the first author and "multi-media artist" of the Saami, Johan lived as a hunter and fisherman but was a child of a family dedicated to reindeer herding. Among all of his his activities, he taught himself not only how to read but to write as well
. His book, "Muitalus samiid birra (An Account of the Saami)
" covers many traditional methods of living in the beautiful but sometimes harsh land which his people had inhabited for thousands of years. The information therein is truly valuable as it was scribed in 1910 near the turn of the century and depicts traditional Saami ways of life (hunting, trapping, healing, reindeer husbandry, etc...) from the view of a person having been born and lived within that culture.
For a people that largely passed down their stories and traditions orally, this is truly a treasure.
Also, what a badass!
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