Saamis, We Used to live in the Tundra | Natalya Saprunova

In the village of Lovozero on the Kola Peninsula in Russia, live a long line of reindeer herders whose traditions have almost disappeared due to Soviet settling in the 1920s. Forced to work in Kolkhozes, they no longer had the right to be Saami: the practice of the language and the wearing of the traditional costume became prohibited. Nowadays, the Saami of Lovozero, a community of some 1,500 members, are taking urgent action to safeguard their long standing culture and traditions, fighting against mass tourism and setting up masterclasses to transmit their traditions. Proud of their history, they strive to preserve their ancestral practices while adapting to modernity.

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