Simple life, superfood diet of Lapland’s Sami people
Lapland is a cultural region that spans the arctic areas of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the northwest tip of mainland Russia.
Traditional Laplanders are called the Sami people. Many of them still live the way their ancestors did, herding reindeer that forage across the wide arctic expanse for lichens in the winter and green plants in the summer.
The Sami lifestyle is simple and peaceful. The diet is rich in an array of superfoods.
The Sami people rely on reindeer for their very existence. They eat reindeer meat, use the milk for cheese, and the skins for clothing, blankets, and shelter. They create tools and decorations from the bones and antlers.
The Sami also use reindeer as pack and harness animals. Even the Lapland police use reindeer! In arctic weather, reindeer are more reliable than motorized vehicles or other animals.
All reindeer are considered domesticated in Lapland. Reindeer hunting is illegal.
In this two minute video, a young Sami reindeer herder explains the connection he feels to his reindeer:
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