It’s the first day of proceedings at the new Sámi Parliament on the banks of the River Juutuanjoki in Inari, northern Finland, and linguists in glass booths translate the registrar’s opening gambit into the distinctive sounds of the South Sámi and Skolt Sámi languages, as the assembled delegates listen intently through Bosch headphones. Their traditional cobalt blue felt tunics and red, beaded bonnets appear strangely at odds with the charcoal grey upholstery and modernist lines of the oval wooden chamber. “This is the culmination of years of work…
Sámi rap artist Ole Mahtte H
Máret Rávaría Boirie, 22
Per Anders Eira, a reindeer herder in Karasjok
Reindeer in Karasjok
Tiina Sanila-Aikio, member of the Finnish Sámi parliament, being interviewed
Jaana Nittyvuopio, at the studios of Norwegian public broadcaster nrk in Karasjok
Chamber of the Norwegian Sámi parliament
Library at the Norwegian Sámi parliament
Rauni Äärela, member of the Finnish Sámi parliament
Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi, Finnish Sámi president
Nils Gail Gaup at nrk studios, Karasjok
Heikki Paitto, member of Finnish Sámi parliament
Anja Graven, who runs her family’s knitwear business, Graveniid Duodji
Sámi women in traditional dress
Per Anders Eira
Nikholas Vakeapää, member of Finnish Sámi parliament
First day of the Finnish Sámi parliament
Exterior of the Finnish Sámi parliament, by Helsinki architects Halo
Exterior of Norweigian Sámi Parliament in Karasjok
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