Saamis, We Used to live in the Tundra: Uliana’s Itinerary | Natalya Saprunova

Despite her colored hair and the smartphone in her pocket, 11-year-old Uliana has some characteristic traits reminiscent of her ethnic group: the Saami. She loves fishing, tinkering, living in the open air, knitting, and eating reindeer meat with her bare hands. Growing up in Lovozero, a village on the Kola Peninsula in Russia, the hinterland of Murmansk, Uliana comes from a long line of reindeer herders whose traditions almost disappeared due to Soviet settling in the 1920s. Today, of the 1,500 people in the community, only 200 members, most of them elderly, speak the Saami language.

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