Tradition of the Saamis-Laplanders of the Nordic
Country of Origin:
Saamis-Laplanders are a unique group of indigenous people. While they are classified as one group, their origin is not limited to one specific region or country. Since they are considered nomadic people its difficult to associate the origin to just one location. The historic research community cannot agree on one location either, and the origins of the Sami, are said to include the Alps or early Siberia. Geographic Location:
This indigenous group calls Norway, Sweden, Finland, and parts of northwestern Russia home. While the Sami are credited with being the longest living group of people on the Scandinavia peninsula, the majority of today’s population resides in the northern most region of the land. The native people refer to this area of land as Samiland. The land is comprised of glacier like, sub-artic terrain, which is an ideal climate for the reindeer they herd and live off. Ethnicity:
The Sami people are categorized as a non-Germanic ethnic group. Their native tongue is similar to Finnish but is called, ‘Finno-Ugric,’ which comes in the form of multiple dialects. The multiple dialects are most likely the result of different Sami bands living in remote, isolated parts of the land. Their Finno-Ugric language is the distinguishable trait that tends to separate the Sami people from other ethnic groups of the Nordic land. Age:
The Saamis are noted as being a prideful indigenous group. That being said, older generations understand the importance of passing on the culture on to younger generations. Their form of storytelling is known as yoiking. Yoiking embodies traditional folklore mixed with singing which creates an inimitable art. While the elders have perfected the art, Sami children are taught the art form at an early age, although there are imposed restrictions as to when children can perform yoiking, and when they cannot. Many of the customs such as textile making,...
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