Who is a sami person without the language, traditional dress (kofte) as an everyday garment and old ways of living? Well, still a sami person 🙌🏻😊 All these things stripped away and you will still find someone with their own unique story, own wishes to express their identity and ethnicity, their own personal individual thoughts about what it means to be sami today, and their own way of relating to perhaps being mixed and/or dealing with scars of the past.
We all live in a modern world and although it’s so important to preserve what we wish to keep (very happy that more and more schools offer sami language classes!), it’s also important to adapt and make the most of our lives at this moment in time, whoever we are, so that we can put all our efforts into creating something new and sustainable.
Kofte, lavvu and reindeers is often the (romantic) image one gets when thinking of the sami people but in actuality, today, only 3% of samis are herders and I have never met a sami person who lives in a lavvu all year.
How do you express your heritage and culture? Let me know in the comments 🌹