Bryan Hemming

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Joiking – Songs of the Sami

Reindeer in Hammerfest

You may worry about stray cats pissing on your plants, moles burrowing under your lawn, or slugs getting to your strawberries, but in the far north town of Hammerfest in Norway, gardeners worry more about reindeer chomping the heads off their geraniums. The Sami people are allowed to let their herds of reindeer roam wherever they care. After all, this has been Sami and reindeer territory since before history began.

It must be weird for most people to hear ancient, nomadic tribes still migrate across vast areas of the richest and most developed region of Europe in the 21st century. It was for me. But it’s a  fact. Read more


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This entry was posted on March 25, 2013 by in Art, Articles, Music.

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