The year 1910 marked a milestone in Sami cultural and literary history. In that year, the Sami wolf hunter and reindeer herder Johan Turi produced his Muitalus Samiid birra, the first secular book ever published in the Sami language. Turi's work is an eloquent and at times p..
The narrator of Antiphony, a young Norwegian woman, heads to the north, intending to write a book about relationships among the Sami. As she becomes acquainted with three generations of Sami women, she hears their stories and attempts to make sense of them. Soon she loses he..
This recent release from Sámi publisher and record company DAT presents traditional yoik by 11 different yoikers. Traditional Sámi yoik is an unaccompanied, chanting style of folk music, with vocals that can be narrative or simply melodic. Yoik is the oldest form of music in..
Máret Ánne Sara's novel is an adventure with one foot in the modern north and the other in the sphere of Sámi legends. Lemme and Sanne are Sámi teenagers in a modern reindeer herding family. Their love of motocross puts them at odds with their parents when plans ar..
Lars Levi Laestadiuksen kuolemasta tulee 2011 kuluneeksi 150 vuotta. Moni meistä tietää, että Laestadius oli Lapin pappi. Mutta moniko on kuullut, mitä kaikkea muuta hän oli: saamelainen, kielentutkija, kirjailija, lehtimies, ekologi, botanisti, Linnén etevä oppilas ja Lapin..
In the 1890s, the United States government contracted with Sami from Norway to teach reindeer herding to the indigenous people of Alaska. Sami families traveled in two groups to Alaska, and some eventually returned to Samiland, while others remained in Alaska to herd reindee..
This utterly unique cookbook gives a glimpse of Sámi traditional foods as well as innovative new interpretations of traditional ingredients. Published by Slow Food Sápmi, this book fills a void by sharing the traditional foodways of Lapland.
Introductory chapters briefly ..
In this beautiful companion work to The Sun, My Father, Nils-Aslak Valkeapää opens a wider perspective on indigenous peoples' place and significance in the world. The narrator travels to deserts and jungles and continues the journey of exploration among indigenous peoples be..
What does it take for magic to have an effect? Can nature's forces, shaman drums, myths and symbols be pathfinders? In this novel by Sami shaman Ailo Gaup, Jon and Lajla travel to a deep, silent valley in Samiland to learn to follow their intuition and to seek internal and e..
Ulla-Maija Kulonen, Irja Seurujärvi-Kari and Risto Pulkkinen (eds)
The Saami: A Cultural Encyclopaedia is a modern reference work about the Saami, a northern indigenous people living in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia. It is the outcome of a project launched and coordinated by the Saami Studies Working Group of the University of Helsinki..
The Sami People: Traditions in Transition is an excellent introduction to the Sami. This richly illustrated book gives a broad overview of Sami history and traditional culture, and also considers the Sami as participants in modern society, as well as examining recent trends ..
The Sun, My Father is perhaps the best known work of Sámi author, musician and artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, and received the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 1991. In nearly 600 reflective free verse poems, Valkeapää shares the life and landscape of the Sámi, referring t..
This fascinating pocket-sized collection of Sami proverbs offers a glimpse into the wisdom and culture of the indigenous people of Europe's northern-most regions. Editor Harald Gaski offers a brief explanation or commentary for each proverb. A wonderful gift or ideal for rea..
Trekways of the Wind is an important Sámi masterpiece by the seminal author, artist and musician Nils-Aslak Valkeapää (1943-2001). This beautiful, hard-to-find classic has been imported from Norway. The book is richly illustrated in black and white, the images mingling with ..
Explore the culture and cuisine of the northernmost reaches of Europe! The Varanger Pensinsula is an arctic region belonging to Norway that lies between Finland's northern border and the Barents Sea. The area is inhabited by Norwegians, Sami, and Kvens - the descendents of F..
The Saami (or Sami) are the indigenous people of Lapland - northern Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. Approximately 70,000 people describe themselves as Saami, and about 25,000 speak one of the nine Saami languages. The Saami are perhaps best known as reindeer herders, but the traditional lifestyle also included fishing, trapping and sheep herding. Today, there is also a large urban Saami population. Saami immigration to North America often occured alongside Scandinavian or Finnish immigrants, and there may be 30,000 descendents of Sami immigrants in North America. Saami literature often explores Saami tradition, a history of oppression by the majority Nordic cultures, and the contemporary challenges of preserving indigenous language and culture in modern society.