Last June, members of our lodge traveled to the Historic Bishop Hill, Illinois to see the Sami exhibit. This was a collaborative exhibit between Ajtte- Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum, Sami Duodji- the Sami Handicraft Foundation, both located in Jokkmokk, Sweden, and Danish/American photographer Birgitte Aarestrup. The Sami are the indigenous group in northern Europe. Indigenous people have lived in the same place before the country was invaded or colonized. They have their own culture, language and customs that differ from those of the rest of Society. Through photos and artifacts, the common history of these fascinating people was displayed. Their issues are addressed globally at the United Nations permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues.
The oldest traces of Sami culture are 8,000 years old and go back to a hunting, fishing and gathering culture, which later progressed to reindeer husbandry. Traces of this way of life can still be seen in Northern Sweden. Today, the Sami people have adapted to the modern society, but they have held strong to their ways and traditions. The purpose of the Sami Exhibit is to tell today's stories about traditional Sami reindeer herding life and handicraft.
Here are some of the highlights!
|Herb giving geography lessons|
|Nordik Folk Members watching the Sami Video|
|Lynda Smith and Tim Ogrentz taking a break|