Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Samic Jazz Rock Yoik

Sharing a favourite with You

The Sami have long lived in the northern parts of Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula. A question that is often asked is: where do the Sami come from? The answer which can be given today is that the ancestors of the Sami are to be found among the hunting and trapping people who lived in the Arctic area of the Scandinavian countries during prehistoric times.

Samernas utbredning

Today the Sami live in four countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. The Sami are an ethnic minority and the indigenous people of these countries. The area the Sami inhabited, today called Sápmi, stretches from Idre in Dalarna in the south, to the Kola Peninsula in Russia to the northeast. (Source: LAPONIA - WORLD HERITAGE AREA IN LAPLAND, SWEDEN)

Famous Sami people:
Joni Mitchell, Mari Boine, Sofia Jannok, Yana Mangi (singers)
Maud Adams, Renee Zellweger (actors)
Börje Salming (NHL)
Ingemar Stenmark, Anja Pärson, Jens Byggmark  (alpin)

Santa Claus ? :-D


ANNA-LYS said...

( ¸¸.* From Anna-Lys

Tyko Brae (exgen. NB) said...

Did you write this? Very good!

Kiss & hug

I am not entirely convinced, that a sami society exists, but the music and colours are nice.

ANNA-LYS said...

lol silly, coz U know I am half sami/half viking :-D The link 2 the source/writer is in the very end of the post.

Seraphine said...

i love the music! it's beautiful.
i wonder sometimes how national borders get drawn. when you see an indigenous people spread over four countries, how did this happen? but you see these things all over the world- tribes split up in africa and people looking for a homeland.
one day the world will learn to respect one another, and maybe then borders won't mean so much.

lilith said...

love the video, the song .. the accompanying scenery.
i haven't thought of the sami in a while. i've been aware of their culture since i was a child in germany.
so, thanks for posting about them .. 1/2 of you ..

laughingwolf said...

samis are from finno-ugric stock, and lived all across northern europe and asia, from the atlantic to the pacific... most finno-ugric tribes were decimated throughout history in massive ethnic cleansing GRRRRRRRRR

small pockets of these tribes still exist...

thx for this, anna-lys

ANNA-LYS said...

Welcome back :-)
I also hope there was no borders in the world, as it is now it is even harder to pass a border ... let us hope!

ANNA-LYS said...

You are most welcome!
Today, knowledge about the Sami culture and the people has changed a lot. I guess You have to relearn before You come an visit Scandinavia :-)

ANNA-LYS said...


Sami is a finno-urgic language but the "stock" is not right according to newer research. As You can read a little about in my post.There is no relation to the rest of Europe (Romans) or Asia (Mongol) as thought before.
"the ancestors of the Sami are to be found among the hunting and trapping people who lived in the Arctic area of the Scandinavian countries during prehistoric times."

This new knowledge might in the future also change the language group called "finnish-urgic" to something entirely new or more.

Tyko Brae (exgen. NB) said...

Maybe you would like to read more about this. frändefolksutskottet

Ingelapingela said...

Godmorgon Anna-Lys thanks for sharing this!

Vidderna andas frihet, hög luft
accompanjerat till ljuva toner.
Människor och djur följer ett välkänt landskap och tillvaro till en lika lugn som tydlig puls. Samvaro och värmen i lappkåtan slår emot mig som tittare och synen av människan som går vidare lämnar sina spår och ett oförstört landskap bakom sig.

lilith said...

yes, that would be true. I would have to relearn a lot.

Tabitha Bird said...

I have never heard of the Sami people. Thanks for this. I love to learn a new thing.

laughingwolf said...

ok... seems researchers can't agree on everything :)

goatman said...

I wonder if they are marginalized like most indigenous peoples in other places?
Seems those first to settle an area are the last to be able to peacefully live there.
Thanks for the background on these folks.

Bundle up for winter!!

Charles Gramlich said...

If I had been an ethnologist, which I considered, I would have wanted to study these remnant populations. FAscinating folks.

RuneE said...

Jeg leste et sted at i følge Samemanntallet i Norge er det faktisk lest samer i Oslo. jeg ver ikke om det sier mest om Noreg eller samene :-)

Fin post (og musikk - måtte være Mari Boine)!

PS Fra vår hytte...

♥ Hannele said...

nja, vi kommer inte från lappland, men jag har många släktingar, även 14 kusiner i Göteborg!!

Tyko Brae (exgen. NB) said...

The old word was "finn" (from germannic find). You do not include finnish or samoyed people in your arbitrary concept of 'samic society'. There is science and there is propaganda. This post is more of the latter.

(( klemm ))

ANNA-LYS said...

Thank You all for Your lovely comments,
and yes it is Mari Boine's lovely voice on the music video.

Quint said...

I'm not quite sure but I guess I'm not half Sami like you! :)
Maybe a quarter, or not ... who knows :)
But last Sunday I saw a doc about northern Scandinavia and I really liked their traditional clothing and music.
Seemed to me they are proud people and those that are half Sami called Anna Lys are also nice folks :)
Always thought Joni Mitchell had some mysterious ways but would never hab bet a buck that she was quarter half Sami!

ANNA-LYS said...

Information for Goatman

Ida said...

Jeg besøkte Finnmark i sommer.
Det var en flott opplevelse! :)

Jeg har to samiske venninner,
så det bor samer Vest i i Norge også... ;) Hehe!

Har du sett filmen "Kautokeinoopprøret", forresten?
En sterk historie det!

Ida said...

Og du, Rune har rett.
I Norge bor det flest samer i Oslo.

ANNA-LYS said...

Long time - No see
Welcome back :-)

We humans are all related to each other from the very beginning, but when some cultural groups get marginalised - it strengthens their need for an identity as a group and their rights to exist, live and love ... they become prouder for being what they are :-)

ANNA-LYS said...

Rune och Ida

Jag tror jag kan gissa mig till varför Oslo har många samer. Det var en gång ...

Samer äter inte vete eller råg, när pesten härjade som värst i Europa spreds den via mjölsäckar på fartyg. Oslo var en ofta besökt hamn så tyvärr dog många där och i södra Norge. Samerna fylde liksom upp tomrummet så att Norge kunde fungera ändå ... sen blev de kvar.

Rick said...

Wait, you forgot to mention the Sami tribe in Detroit. They were left behind in the Great Sami Migration. Really. Sort of...

ANNA-LYS said...

I know, I just took a few of You famous people on my list - but now You are at list in the box of comments :-)

Peter said...

Nice music! Some surprising names on the list!

Ian said...


ANNA-LYS said...


Don't know, some researcher claim that the Sami people are the origin West-Europe people that followed the ice-melting upwards the North ... if that is right, then most of us in the western world are related to the Sami people :-D

Heff said...

If you go into your post html and change the height of your posted videos to about 360, and your width to about 435, the video will fill the entire post area quite well, displaying a bigger screen to view.

(I try and help that way)

ANNA-LYS said...

Welcome and thank You.

Very nice of You
but this size fits
mobile phones best
and anyone can enlarge
the video by the
arrows in the left
lower corner.

Pietro said...

Beautiful video and interesting information about the Sami people.
Happy weekend, Anna-Lys :-)

Gary said...

If not Santa, then I'm sure Mrs. Claus is Sami!

I worked in Canada's far north once - with the Inuit people.

Gary said...

Very sweet music and images Anna Lys.

Gary said...

Tanya Tagaq is a Canadian Inuit throat-singer, who used this old form in modern music. Here are samples:

ANNA-LYS said...

Tnx 4 the music link Gary!! :-D