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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Indigenous People Video: Saami music videos, reindeer herding, documentaries on their sustainable challenges, land rights

About the Saami
The Sami people, also spelled Sámi, or Saami, are the arctic indigenous people inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway - areas also known as Lapland or Laponian territory. The Sámi are Europe’s northernmost and the Nordic countries’ only officially indigenous people. Sami ancestral lands span an area of approximately 388,350 km2 (150,000 sq. mi), which is approximately the size of Sweden in the Nordic countries. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family. The Sami languages are endangered. * I am still adding to and editing this page. Sorry for missing some artists, competition winners and facts, email me if you have suggestions or links you feel are important Saami news.

A short film "Samis", by Morten Bergene, which follows a family in their reindeer business.

Saami Grand Prix (Saami version of Eurovision Song Contest) is an annual Sámi song contest organized by the Sami Music Festival and held in Kautokeino, Norway. The first annual Sámi Grand Prix was held in 1990. The winner of the contest goes on to compete in Liet International, a music competition for European minority languages. The Sámi Grand Prix consists of two separate parts: a yoik part and a song part. 

- Music Video for the group rOlfFa singing and playing the winning song of Sami Grand Prix 2011, "Gulatgo Mu" (Can You Hear Me?).  

- Music video for the  Saami Grand Prix 2011 Yoik Competition winner Jan Ole Hermansen yoiking his daughter "Inga Karita" from Máze, Norway.

- Music Video Saami Grand Prix 2011 3rd place winners Sara Helene Oskal and Espen Ekeberg singing their own song  "Niehkogovva"

- Music Video Sáami artist Alias Ellen (Elle Márjá P. Eira) performing in Sami Grand Prix 2009 in Kautokeino, but not as a part of the competition. She is singing/yoiking "Ruoššajievja"

- Music Video 
 Berit Margrethe Oskal singing Ancient Forces (official music video) 

Music Video Saami Hip Hop music in the Kautokeino Sami Festival 

Music Video Saami rapper Slincraze & Aimen performing two songs one in Saami "Rahkivouhtta Lea Artet" and "Kick It" (It's A Good Day) in English.

Heltpaavidda - Saami Music and Film YouTube Channel

- Saami Yoik (Saami Joik) and music online guide to mp3 and video

Saami Blog - a very nice blog that I follow with many photos, music and art about the Saami