Sami celebrate Christmas the same way as many Norwegians do: with Christmas trees, decorations, Santa Claus, going to church and eating traditional Christmas food. Although, they might swap the ribbe (pork rib) or pinnekjøtt (stick meat) with reindeer meat.
When we finally reached the gathering site, I was wondering whether everyone would be okay with me taking pictures, to which Simon replied that it's fine, as long as I provide context. Apparently, many people with little to no knowledge about reindeer herding often mistake some of the practices as torture or mistreatment and thus, I thought it would make an interesting topic to write about for those of you who are interested in learning more about the culture of the Sami.
At that point, I had only stood on skis for less than 5 minutes and now I had to hurry to get to the side of the road. Of course I started walking as that is what you would normally do, right? But with two long sticks on your feet, this isn't exactly easy so I stumbled upon my own feet and fell into the roadside ditch.....
Every Saturday of Sami Week, the National Championship in Lasso Throwing takes place on the market square. The Sami people, who traditionally survived on reindeer herding, used lassos in order to catch their reindeer. Nowadays, they use more modern techniques but the lasso throwing is still an important part of reindeer herding.
Europe's most important indigenous festival takes place on a grassy field in Manndalen in Kåfjord municipality. The festival is a happening and a place for the week that it lasts. And it has its own exquisite aesthetic. The festival aesthetic is created by the grass field, houses, hay racks, kiosks, Sami tents, longhouse, yurts etc. And by all the people!