Ex. 02.07: The Sámi – Culture
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CULTURE. The Sami are the indigenous people who live in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola peninsula of Russia. The population of the Sami is approximately 50,000, but they are not one cohesive group. For example, the Sami languages are not all mutually intelligible, and their traditional clothing and other cultural traditions vary from group to group.
While many people think of the Sami as reindeer herders who live far above the Arctic Circle, they actually live throughout the countries they inhabit and have many types of work. Some engage in traditional Sami livelihoods such as fishing, farming, and hunting, while others have more mainstream occupations in business, medicine, journalism, law, etc. Some Sami speak one of the Sami languages in addition to the language in their country, but not all do. In the past, it was common to refer to the Sami as Lapps, but that term isn’t used anymore.
Watch the video to learn more about the Sámi and answer the following questions.
1. How many countries do the Sámi inhabit?
2. What animal is a central focus of the Sámi?
3. How many seasons does the Sámi calendar have?
4. An elder told the woman in the video that is also how you carry your body.