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February 13, 2016

40 Rare Photos of Indigenous Sami People of the Nordic Areas and North Western Russia From the Early 20th Century

The Sami people (also Sámi or Saami) are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. The Sami are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia recognized and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and are hence the northernmost indigenous people of Europe.

Sami ancestral lands span an area of approximately 388,350 km2 (150,000 sq. mi.), which is approximately the size of Norway, in the Nordic countries. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family.

Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding. Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding. For traditional, environmental, cultural, and political reasons, reindeer herding is legally reserved only for Sami people in certain regions of the Nordic countries.

Sami group early 1900 eds and Lavvo tents in Tromsdalen

Sami man on Reindeer sledge in Lappland Sweden

Sami mother and children. Grotli, Oppland, Norway

A semi-nomad Sami Children Northern Sweden Norway late 1800 (likely from 1884, Bonaparte).

Mountain Saami group in Lyngen Norway. 1928

Sami people from Sweden. Gruppbild. Sorselesamer i Ammarnäs 1871.

Sami camp Finnmark early 1900s

Sami women from Fatmomakke Västerbotten Sweden

Northern Sweden Nomad Sami people about 1880

Sami Nomad family Nordland Norway

Sweden Sami people 1899 Jamtland

Sami Farmers Västerbotten Sweden before 1926

From a Sami wedding in Norway. 1900

Anares, Enare or Inari Finland Sami family with boats. 1900

Saami Nomad School

Swedish Sami family from the turn 1800 - 1900

Nomad Sami Winter Camp Sweden published 1925

Sami men from Jämtland Sweden

Sami girls from Telemark Southern Norway late 1800

Samer Vaisaluokta Lappland Sweden before 1926

Sami family and Lavvo tent photo T. Dahllöf, Kiruna, Sweden

Sami family in Nordland Norway early 1900

Nomad School in Gallivara Sweden before 1926

Nomad Sami children in Sweden early 1900

Lektion Sami Nomad school Sweden. 1900

Sami Swedish nomad Sami 1880 - 1920

Girl with sheeps in Børselv, Porsanger in Norway. Date: 1880-1906.

Sami reindeer herder from Sweden

Nordic Sami Enare Finland.

Sami group in the late 1800s

Sami men with transport reindeers.

Lappland in Sweden. Catching reindeers. Sweden.

Skolt Sami women in Finland.

Sami Children in Sweden 1920-1930.

Swedish Sami in the late 1800s.

Reindeer herders in Sweden, late 1800s.

A Sami school class with teacher in the early 1930s. Stensele, Västerbotten County in Sweden.

Sami men at a market in Tromso Norway around 1900.

Two people in a boat sinking sedge grass. Kirkenes, Sør-Varanger, Norway


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