Sami Culture

5 Myths and 5 Facts about Sami Reindeer Herding

5 Myths and 5 Facts about Sami Reindeer Herding

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.

The Cycle of Life // Being a Reindeer Herder in the Arctic

The Cycle of Life // Being a Reindeer Herder in the Arctic

Special treat for you: I have the boyfriend over to tell you all about what life as a reindeer herder in the Arctic is like. Simon tells you everything you never knew about what reindeers herders do in the 8 different Sami seasons!

Little Storm on the Coast // Riddu Riddu 2016 (+Vlog)

Little Storm on the Coast // Riddu Riddu 2016 (+Vlog)

The festival started out to celebrate and strengthen the rights of the Sea Sami community in the area but quickly grew to become one of the most important indigenous festivals in the North. Each year, people from Canada, the US, Russia, and Asia come to participate and celebrate together.

Cuddling with Reindeers and Learning How to Ski

Cuddling with Reindeers and Learning How to Ski

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.....

Reindeer Racing and Lasso Throwing // All About Sami National Day in Tromso

Reindeer Racing and Lasso Throwing // All About Sami National Day in Tromso

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.

Following Arctic Fashion - An Exhibit at Polar Museum Tromso

Following Arctic Fashion - An Exhibit at Polar Museum Tromso

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!