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Today it is Sami people National Day!

Sweden TodayPosted by administrator Mon, February 06, 2012 09:09:36
Congratulations Sami people!

The Sami make up one of the world’s least numerous native peoples, with around 70,000 individuals living in Sápmi, in what is now parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. About 20,000 Sami live in Sweden—with their own cultural heritage, language, flag and parliament.


High time to end the colonization and give Sami people the basic human rights?

Once nomadic hunters and gatherers who followed the movements of wild reindeer, the Sami increasingly began to drive domesticated reindeer between grazing lands in the 17th century. Besides reindeer herding and meat production, arts and handicrafts is another traditional trade that has survived into modern days. Most Sami, however, have jobs with no connection to the traditional way of life.

Although Sápmi remains the cultural heartland, the Sami people have spread out over the Nordic region and there are now as many Sami living in Stockholm as there are in the north of Sweden. Established in 1993, the Sami Parliament in Sweden is both a publicly elected body and a state authority, tasked with promoting a living Sami culture. It is not a body for self-government and the Sami have no political representation in the Swedish Parliament.

Ancient Sami mythology focuses on the natural elements like the sun (Biejvve), mother of the Sami, and the wind god (Bieggaålmaj), who made it possible to catch the reindeer. In their shamanistic beliefs, nature has a soul. The Sami still call themselves “The people of the sun and the wind.”

In Sweden there are about 20,000 Sami, recognized by the UN as an indigenous people. Many Swedes’ understanding of the Sami lifestyle is limited to nomadic reindeer herding, which has been a strong symbol of their culture for centuries. The lack of a deeper cultural understanding feeds a generational divide between modern day Swedes and Sami.

On April 27, 2011, the Supreme Court delivered its verdict in what has become known as the Nordmaling case. This brings to a conclusion a case that has been ongoing for 14 years. The court ruled that the Sami villages concerned have common law rights to disputed land. (http://www.sweden.se/eng/Home/Society/The-Sami-People/Reading/Supreme-Court-decides-Sami-land-dispute1/ )

But despite support from the UN has Sami's basic right to land, hunting and fishing has not yet been accepted in Sweden

Sweden like a lot of European countries still have huge problems with its minorities. (sweden.se)

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