(stock vintage photo of Sami)
This time of year makes me daydream about snow and icy climates, big trees and open tundras. It must be in the DNA, but I cannot shake the kinship I feel as if my entire molecular structure recognizes the music of the Celts and the Norsemen. My mother was Scottish, my father from Norway and his mother (born in 1900) from Swedish Lapland, milked reindeer when she was growing up. The Sami culture and music goes right to my bones and I feel strangely like I hit some kind of harmonic resonance and I have come home and found my people. Here’s my tribe; the Sami of Lapland found in this music and their heritage in this movie trailer below. If this doesn’t get you in any icy mood, I suggest some fantastic Norse-made horror films like “Dead Snow,” “Sauna” and “Frostbitten.”
Vajas “Star Girl” Ande Somby
Mari Boine from the movie “The Kautokeino Rebellion"
a 2008 film based on the true story of the Kautokeino riots in Kautokeino, Norway in 1852 in response to the Norwegian exploitation of the Sami community at that time.