Collection Description

Culture Name

Saami

Culture Description

Saami speak various dialects of the Saami language as well as one or more national languages of the states in which they live, either, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, or Russian. For many centuries, the Saami were primarily reindeer herders. Today, reindeer herding supports about a third of the Saami, as most depend on farming, fishing, hunting, and commercial activities. Saami today have full rights as citizens and participate in the same educational, religious, and political institutions as other members of their dominant cultures. At the same time, they actively champion their ethnic status and have been active participants in the fourth-world movement.

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Region

Europe --Scandinavia

Countries

Finland

Norway

Russia

Sweden

OWC Code

EP04

Number of Documents

24

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Number of Pages

7299

Area Board for West Finnmark -- category 631

BAL'VA -- male hired hand -- category 464

BEARAS -- the nuclear family -- category 594

BOAZO EALAHUS SAERVI (BES) -- categories 575, 233

BOAZO-BEANO -- reindeer herding dogs -- categories 231, 233

CORA -- a segment of a herd -- category 233

DALLO -- the household -- category 592

DAR'FI-GOATTI -- the sod dwelling -- category 342

GAZ'ZI -- household membership, inclusive of retainers -- category 592

GILLI -- a hamlet -- category 621

GUOS'SI -- a guest -- category 574

JOAV'KO -- the "enlarged" or extended family -- category 596

JOIKU (YOIK) -- Saami songs -- category 533

KAD'DZE -- companion or guardian spirit -- category 776

KATAS -- a Saami dwelling -- category 342

KIEVVUM -- arctic hysteria -- category 158

LAPPBY -- the village -- category 621

MAR'KAN -- market centers -- category 366

MESSES -- a group taking food together -- categories 592, 612

NOAIDE (NOAI'DI) -- sorcerer or shaman -- category 756

PALISKUNTA -- pastoral asssociations -- categories 233, 474

PII'GA -- female hired hand -- category 464

ROODT -- the lineage -- category 613

SAAMEBY -- the village -- category 621

Saami bailiff -- categories 233, 693

SII'DA ISIT -- headman of the herding community -- categories 622, 554

SIJDA (SIIDA, SITA) -- the herding or village community -- category 621

SOKKA -- bilaterally related kin -- categories 612, 602

VERDE -- the host -- category 574

VIESSO -- a frame dwelling -- category 342

VUOBME -- a geographical area seasonally occupied and migrated through by

several bands -- categories 631, 634

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