3105271236 609cfe8140 z Indigenous People´s day: the Sami

Today the International Day of Indigenous Peoples is worldwide celebrated under the motto “Indigenous Designs: celebrating our histories and cultures, creating our own future.”

Although it seems from another era, in Europe there are still indigenous peoples. The most numerous and known are the Lapp or Sami people, although there are other minorities such as the Nenets or the Komis living near the Urals.

Every year during our adventure trips to Swedish Lapland we can enjoy the contact with the Sami people, their customs and way of life.

Currently, it is estimated that there are about 80,000 Sami, although there are no official statistics of its population. Of these, about 50,000 live in Norway, 20,000 in Sweden, 10,000 in Finland and 2,000 in Russia.

Archaeologists have found evidence of the settlement of the Scandinavian Arctic coasts from 11,000 years ago to 6,000 years ago by a group of people who lived off fishing and hunting wild reindeer.

They have also found ceramics of the ancestors of the Lapps dating back 3,500 years. Lapps are now considered as the aboriginal population of Scandinavia and claim their rights as indigenous people.

On a day like today we´d love to remember the Sami, their culture influenced by hunting and fishing, their respect for the environment and their traditional music, the Yoik.


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