Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sami Calling

(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.


  1. How absolutely beautiful. The photo, the music, the video imagery; all of it!

    I will admit I did not look at the trailer, too. I dislike suffering; regardless of the reason.

    But I am feeling my Celtic roots, as well; from the beautiful links.

  2. Thanks Brenda. Yes, I am a weird mix. I equally love my Scottish/Nordic roots, but for some reason I feel a particular affinity for these people even though it was my grandmother who was from there and I never even met her. I felt like I found my people somehow and whenever I see film and photos it's like looking at a past life photo album and going "oh yes, I know this!" It's like DNA recalls these things.

  3. Uggghhh...*barf*

    Yeah, sometimes I get the urge to strip naked and dance around a bonfire in the woods but I just blame it on the cheap booze. Now excuse me while I go make love to the toilet.

  4. MC;
    You had it coming, buddy. I only wish I could coax you with some greasy french toast in a pool of margarita mix syrup.

  5. There is this restaurant called Sammi's Woodfired Pizza. Wonder if it's related to Sami culture.

  6. Hey Echo; I'm sure if it is, there should be reindeer on the menu.

  7. Hmm.. raindeer caribou; no worries If you can dress get MC inibratated; dress had puking one over the toliet and hump... er JUMP the kettle?

    YOU? are set! And I want to be there to watch skirts afire! HEHEE!