The People Who Walk With Reindeers

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sámi are reindeer walkers. It's one of those traditions that slowly disappears. I recently read an interesting article and I simply can’t stop thinking about it. Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, near the jagged tips of Norway's crown, the sun does not set for weeks during the summer months. For the Sámi, who are mostly families, time doesn’t exist. They travel at night with their herds, because moving on harder snow is easier for the animals. They are the reindeer's best friends, companions and their eyes as reindeers think with their nose and go with the wind. Those photos above are by Erika Larsen who spent time with Ingrid Gaup and his family during one of their expreditions. She said that the whole experience changed her forever.

Oh boy, aren’t those photos beautiful? Have you ever heard about reindeer walkers before? What a dedication! xo

P.S: The language itself reflects this powerful bond: The word for "herd" is eallu; the word for "life" is eallin.
P.P.S: A fantastic GIVEAWAY Wednesday is coming up!

(via National Geographic, Thanks Polarn O. Pyret)

18 comments:

marissa at the boot said...

wow, diana! thank you so much for enriching us with these cool cultural finds! what amazing creatures and even more amazing people!
marissa @ the boot

Anonymous said...

wow, this blows my mind. You always find such an inspirational things to talk about. I love the dedication and the tradition of it. Love, Amy

Patricia Villamil said...

This indeed is fascinating I will read more about. Plus I have always been captivated by the artic circle splendor and mystery I think it all started after watching the film lovers of the artic circle many years ago. Thanks diana for sharing this.

Samantha said...

I read about them in National Geographic and was blown away by the photos and their story. Sadly my knowledge of them is limited, but like many native cultures theirs is in jeopardy.

Melissa Blake said...

Lovely, Diana!! It puts me in the winter spirit!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

whoa that is so intriguing!

chanel said...

I want to be a person who talks to reindeers!

xo chanel
http://bywayofney.blogspot.com/

Christianna said...

Never heard of reindeer walkers before! But what a beautiful story! These people much have strange and amazing lives!

Krissy :: Miss B and Hustle said...

These photos are beautiful!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

NO, I've never heard of them but am now fascinated to learn more. Amazingly beautiful images. As with so many of your posts - I'm about to forward to friends.
PS - you previous post has had me thinking about warm past since yesterday :)

HiLLjO said...

This made me seriously happy! My not-so-secret dream is to pack up all my cats and the dog after the rodentia leave us for the great beyond, sell the house and go be pastoral in a third-world or other remote country. LOOOOOOVE.

Nikki said...

How cool is that?

Punctuation Mark said...

this is pretty amazing... i've never seen anything like that!!!

Jess said...

What a fun tradition! Especially for kiddos at Christmas time!

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..you are so sweet Marissa. Glad you enjoy them.

Diana Mieczan said...

Thanks, Amy and Patricia, I'm totally going to check out that film:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Indeed, Christianna. It's incredible to think about it all. And Jeanette, that is so lovely of you. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that. Increadible read!
Grace.

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