The Sami people (also known as Lap, Lapp, or Laplanders) are the Nordic countries’ only officially indigenous people inhabiting Sápmi. Non-Sami and many regional maps have often called this same region Lapland, but this term can be either misleading, offensive, or both. Among the Sami people, Sápmi is strictly used and acceptable. Sápmi is located in Northern Europe, including parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The Sami people celebrate their National day on the 6th of February.
Photo Nomad Sami late 1800eds Northern Sweden Norway © Saamiblog
Traditionally, the Sami lived of coastal fishing, fur trapping and sheep and reindeer herding. The Sami’s rich culture and heritage regards to language, traditional clothing, food, handcraft and music are distinctively different from other ethnic groups in Scandinavia, their language and culture being endangered, but still the Sami people have only fairly recently been acknowledged as the indigenous people of the Nordic countries, with official rights to protect their heritage.
Sami children: 1) Girl from Kirkenes, Norway, 1930’s. 2) Nomad children from Gällivare, Sweden. 3) Immigrant Sami children at Ellis Island, likely from Sweden. Digital ID: 418037. Photo: Sherman, Augustus F. [ca. 1906-1914]. Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants. Repository: The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division. 4) Photo: Marcus Selmer, Sami boy from Vadsø, Norway in 1857-1870. NMFF.001370-11. Flickr Photo by Preus Museum, 2004.© Saamiblog