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New York Times Interviews Liz Bucheit about Sámi Culture

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New York Times Interviews Liz Bucheit about Sámi Culture

Happy Spring (almost)

This year started off with a bang for everyone here at saamisupplies.com!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by New York Times journalist Penelope Colston for her “Echoes of Scandinavia” article about Sámi craft and culture.  Ms. Colston contacted me this past December about her upcoming piece and I am thrilled to have been included.

Who knew reindeer were strutting the streets of Manhattan!  Many thanks to Ms. Colston for a fantastic piece highlighting traditional and contemporary aspects of Sámi culture and craft.

Follow the link to the complete article: Link

And in local news: We are currently putting together new kits for wider, multiple braid designs plus matching learning videos to guide you through the creation of each style.

Celtic and Posament Style Braid Bracelets

Don’t forget to check out our class dates for 2020.  Easter is just around the corner and bracelets are always a welcome gift for anyone’s basket…as well as chocolate!

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Sámi National Day – February 6, 2020

Sámi National Day – February 6, 2020

Sámi National Day   February 6, 2020

Hi everyone!

February is one of my favorite times of year.  Yes, yes we all know that Valentine’s Day is around the corner but did you know that the month of February is host to Sámi National Day?

In honor of Sámi National Day I always teach Sámi Inspired Bracelet classes at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN.  This is a great way to share and inform my students about the history of the Sámi people and the challenges they have faced culturally, politically and economically.

The Sámi are the indigenous “reindeer” people of Scandinavia and can be from Norway, Sweden, inland and parts of Russia. 

The Sámi national holiday is a relatively new day of celebration Norway adopted in 1992. Historically the Sámi people were forced to integrate more with the general population of Norway. Laws that were implemented even forbid the Sámi to speak their own language.

Today Sámi National day is celebrated all over the country. The Sámi flag is raised, the national anthem is sung and reindeer meat and fish dishes are prepared as celebratory food. You can bet reindeer racing is part of the festivities!

Sami National Flag
Sami National Flag

The Sámi flag is the most important symbol for the national day. The red section of the circle represents the sun and the blue section represents the moon. The circle design was inspired by a Sámi poem describing the people as sons and daughters of the sun.

Sámi Parliament
Sámi Parliament 2020
Aili Keskitalo – President of Sámi Parliament
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How will you celebrate Sámi National Day? Giitu (Sámi for thank you) for reading!