Consuming the North

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Lovozero, which is sometimes referred to as the Lapp capital of Russia, is a Sami stronghold on the Kola Peninsula. During communism the Sami in Russia were forced to relocate to collectives of this kind, regardless of their Indigenous lifestyles. The outcome is a community in which problems of abuse, of all kinds, are too numerous to be counted.

While traditional reindeer herding activities are increasingly incompatible with modern ways of living and industrial organisation, the skin factory has found its niche in producing meats, garments and other memorabilia for foreigners and wealthy Russians. The products may no longer be ‘authentic’, but the pride in craft remains intact.

Further info:
BBC News: Russia’s Sami fight for their lives

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  1. […] my once in a lifetime excursion into the Russian North, I was given a first hand impression of just how hospitable and friendly people can […]

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