The Sami People photographs
MSS-021

Summary Information

Repository
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Ranta, Elma
Creator
Ranta, Taimi
Title
The Sami People photographs
ID
MSS-021
Date
1954
Extent
1.0 folder
Language

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], in The Sami People photographs, MSS-021, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Historical Note

The Sami people, also spelled Sámi, or Saami, (also known as Lapps, although this term is considered derogatory) are one of the indigenous people of northern Europe inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia but also in the border area between south and middle Sweden. Their ancestral lands span an area the size of Sweden in the Nordic countries. The Sami people are among the largest indigenous ethnic groups in Europe. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages, which are classified as members of the Finno-Lappic group of the Uralic language family.

Traditionally, the Sami have plied a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding. However, the best known Sami livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding – which about 10% of the Sami are connected with and 2,800 actively involved with full-time. For traditional, environmental, cultural, and political reasons, reindeer herding is legally reserved only for Sami people in certain regions of the Nordic countries.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection features seven photographs of the Sami People of Finland taken in 1954.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855
906-227-1225
archives@nmu.edu

Revision Description

  4/28/2010

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Elma and Taimi Ranta.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Sami (European people)--Finland.

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Collection Inventory

 MSS-021 Photographs - Sami People of Finland 1954   1.0 folder

Box
35-03-08 LRC

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