Happy New Year from Lapland

I wish everyone a Happy New Year 2017

Savan buohkaide Buori Ođđa Jagi 2017

Lars-Nila Lasko - Saami History Blog
Lars-Nila Lasko – Saami History Blog

Historical year 2016

I am often asked why I deal with history and not to improve the future situation for the Saami People?

I usually respond that the future is a creation of the history. To look back creates opportunities for the future. If we do not look back a part of the future will be lost. Examples of this is that all lawsuits in Sweden, Norway and Finland where the Saami People won right to land, fishing rights, hunting rights or any other right has depended on knowledge of history (and of course a lot of knowledge of law). Without knowing the history Saami had to lost all these lawsuits. History is the way to a better juridical future for the Saami people as well as for all other indigenous peoples.

Lars-Nila Lasko - Saami History Blog
Lars-Nila Lasko – Saami History Blog

A people’s knowledge of their own history reinforces their own self-identity and tell us who we are. Without the knowledge of our own history we do not know who we are and where we come from.

Lars-Nila Lasko - Saami History Blog
Lars-Nila Lasko – Saami History Blog

History can also be abused. Lies can be used in destructive purposes. During 2016 it has been in the north Swedish newspapers, letters to the editor, in blogs or on websites statements that the Saami are immigrants in their own country, they do not have rights to a specific area of Lapland, the Saami shamanism is a copy of the Viking religion or that the Saami should go home where they come from and much more. By knowing our own history we can respond to the lies with facts. Without knowledge of history destructive lies can to live and thrive.

Lars-Nila Lasko - Saami History Blog
Lars-Nila Lasko – Saami History Blog

Knowledge of history fills an important function in our society! Historical knowledge has in 2016 given us a greater insight into who we are and where we come from, refutes several historical lies with facts, contributed to the Saami people to win lawsuits and hopefully created something better foundation for the future.

Lars-Nila Lasko - Saami History Blog
Lars-Nila Lasko – Saami History Blog

But, myself is not only working with history. I usually reply that I also work with law, politics, and to improve the Saami situation here and now. I do not want wait for the future, but let the future be realized today. I´m just to old for waiting.  Everything can not be done, and everything can not be addressed at once. However, a trip starts with a first step. To reach the destination we have to initiate the trip. To stand still and is leading nowhere!

During the past year 2016, I, as a local politician in a Saami administrative municipality, made suggestions such as Saami language should be a merit in appointments as well as knowledge of the Saami culture, the municipal website and information should also be available in the Saami language, and that our local municipality now will be the first municipality in Sweden with Saami street signs. Personally, I am satisfied with what has been achieved in politics of the local municipal level during 2016. Hopefully the our little municipality in the high mountains will become a model municipality for other municipalities in Lapland. However, much remains to be done and much has to change in order to create a better future here and now. Hopefully in 2017 will be a year of change for the Saami people for the better future.

Lars-Nila Lasko - Saami History Blog
Lars-Nila Lasko – Saami History Blog

historic anniversary year 2017

What can we expect from 2017?

Without a doubt, 2017 will be the year of jubilee and especially for 100-year-olds!

I do not mean only that the LION celebrates 100 years as SSU, BMV, Swedish Chess Club, Swedish Brevduveförbundet, Swedish Vorstehklubben, Sigtunastiftelsen who built the city Sigtuna or other 100-year jubilee.

Nor do I mean that it is 100 years since the Russian Revolution that certainly will be noticed.

I do not mean that it’s been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, and created a new Christianity. The event in itself is not historically coated. But, regardless, it has changed northern Europe.

Instead, I mean the Saami 100-year celebrations in the city of Trondheim, Norway. In year 1917 it was the first time that meeting was held with Saami representatives from both North and South. Id was the first meeting for the people Saami. The meeting is celebrated every year by the Saami National Day 6 February in memory of the Saami people first joint meeting.

Rather, I mean that independent Finland celebrates 100 years and where the Saami will be focus in several ways. The jubilee year starts at the beginning of 2017 and culminating in the independence day of Finland in December. The opening of the jubilee year starts with a big and visible festival on New Year’s Eve in the capital Helsinki. The theme of the anniversary year is “together” and hopefully the Finnish anniversary year will contribute more to include the Saami people.

Rather, I mean that the city of Sollefteå in Lapland, including the 100-year jubilee cities Trollhattan and Katrineholm, celebrates 100 years. Hopefully the 100 year anniversary will make the Saami and Saami culture more visibility in Sollefteå than before.

With this brief flashback to the topic Saami history I wish all readers of this blog a Happy New Year 2017.

Lars-Nila Lasko

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Saami history from a Saami perspective by Lars-Nila Lasko

Definition of a Sami family

During the 1950-1970 were among the Sami a joke about how you define a Saami family. The answer was 1 father, 1 mother, 2 children, 1 dog and 1 researcher.

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Lars-Nila Lasko – Saami History Blog

Saami people – The most researched people in the world?

The humorous story has actually a small grain of truth. There are a countless number of research papers on Sami virtually everything possible. Already in the 1600s and onwards financed the Swedish State research expeditions to Lapland to find out about the Saami People.

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Lars-Nila Lasko – Saami History Blog

The view of the Saami people from other eyes

Most of what is researched and written about the Sami people are from other peoples.

It would take until 1972 before Saami got their own research institution, “Sami Instituhtta” in Kautokeino, Norway.  Saami started to research about themselves and produced research about themselves. Today, the picture is completely different with a large number of Saami researchers and Saami research institutions.

Today’s researchers, whether they are Saami or not, and their research result about the Sami should certainly not be underestimated. Research is today free and objective, as well as all knowledge is good. However, research has not always been free and objective!

Several historians has declared that the Sami do not even have any history like K.B. Wiklund, Björn Collinder, Gustav von Duben or as another historian put it, “The Saami are the People without history”.

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Saami history from a Saami perspective

This blog is intended to inform about Saami history from a Saami perspective. The same thing and the same event can be interpreted differently depending on how you look at an object or phenomenon. This is a blog that looks at Saami history with other glasses than you’re used to…

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Saami history in English and Swedish by Lars-Nila Lasko

As mentioned before the aim of this blog is to be a small light in the darkness and try to spread information about Saami history.

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Lars-Nila Lasko

Hopefully this blog will to create interest in Saami history and inspire others to study, read, discuss, and maybe start blogging about Saami history, Saami Culture and Saami traditions!

Hopefully this blog will also be a small contribution to the understanding and respect for the Saami and Saami culture, increase tolerance to the Saami People and open the hearts.

The purpose of this blog is also to give our international visitors a helping hand in and around the Saami History and Saami Rights. Therefore the blog is entirely written in English and aimed towards an international audience. However, if you understand Scandinavian languages the blog will also be in Swedish at www.samiskhistorieblogg.wordpress.com

 

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Saami history blog as counterbalance by Lars-Nila Lasko

The aim of this blog is to be a small light in the darkness and try to spread information about Saami history. It is the purpose of the blog.

But, this blog also has another purpose! I have started this blog to help myself to answer a lots’ of questions that I get about Saami law and Saami history.

Another purpose of the blog is to create interest in Saami history. Hopefully this blog will inspire others to study, read, discuss, and maybe start blogging about Saami history, Saami Culture and Saami traditions!

Hopefully this blog will be a small contribution to the understanding and respect for the Saami and Saami culture. Hopefully this blog will increase tolerance to and open the hearts.

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In addition to the above there is also a further object of this history blog that has the counterweight to do in today’s historical debate about the Saami Rights. In many post on Internet, one can get the impression that the Saami came relatively recently to Lapland. In various blogs it is claimed that the shamanism of the Saami People is just a copy the old Swedish religion. Elsewhere on the Internet is questioned about archaeological findings in the north really is Saami. In the historical debate it is claimed that Saami rights is without history, new inventions of law and privileges.

This blog is going to meet anti-Saami arguments with facts and knowledge.

 

Lars-Nila Lasko

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Saami history blog to open hearts by Lars-Nila Lasko

The aim of this blog is to be a small light in the darkness and try to spread information about Saami history. It is the purpose of the blog.

But, this blog also has another purpose! I have started this blog to help myself to answer a lots’ of questions that I get about Saami law and Saami history.

Another purpose of the blog is to create interest in Saami history. Hopefully this blog will inspire others to study, read, discuss, and maybe start blogging about Saami history, Saami Culture and Saami traditions!

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But, this blog has also a deeper purpose.

There is a strong intolerance towards the Saami people in the north of Scandinavia. Opening the daily newspapers of north, reading Facebook or blogs you’ll soon discover how widespread intolerance is.

Hopefully this blog will be a small contribution to the understanding and respect for the Saami and Saami culture. Hopefully this blog will  increase tolerance to and open the hearts.

Sámi history is part of the Nordic countries’ history or vice versa. We have lived side by side for a very long time. For a long time, interaction and exchange of words, culture, religion and much more happened. Despite there is an intolerance of the Saami. I refuse to believe that it is widespread. But, in fact, there is intolerance towards the Saami people.

I believe and hope that if one explains the Saami Peoples long history of Lapland, this may increase the understanding of Saami culture and traditions.

I believe and hope that if one explains Saami history and the foundations of the Saami right to land and water, this can increase the understanding of Saami rights.

I believe and hope that if one explains the Saami Peoples long history in Lapland can help understanding the Saami language and language rights.

In addition to the above there is also a further object with this history blog. It has to do with the counterweight to do in today’s historical debate about the Saami Rights. I explain in more about this the next blog post.

 

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Therefore a blog about Saami history by Lars-Nila Lasko

The aim of this blog is to be a small light in the darkness and try to spread information about Saami history. Another aim of the blog is to answering ordinary people all the questions I get about Saami rights and history.

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But, this blog also has another purpose!

It is to create interest in Saami history. Hopefully this blog will inspire others to study, read, discuss, and maybe start blogging about Saami history, Saami Culture and Saami traditions!

However, this blog has a more and deeper purpose in the understanding and respect for the Saami and Saami culture. Hopefully this blog will open up hearts and minds of those people in Northern Scandinavia who dislike the Saami People. This I will return to in the next blog post.

 

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Why blog about Saami history by Lars-Nila Lasko

The aim of this blog is to be a small light in the darkness and try to spread information about Saami history. It is the purpose of the blog.

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But, this blog also has another purpose!

In all professions people are specialized more and more. This include also lawyers. One cannot be a specialist in everything in the current legislation. Especially not with ca. 2000 new tax law changes and about 1000 other legislative changes every year.

Among minorities, I believe that progress has been the opposite. As a Saami lawyer you will become the Saami people’s lawyer. We are few lawyers among the Saami. We can be counted in the number of fingers of one hand. On the other hand, it seems that Saami would rather turn to Saami lawyers than other lawyers. A lot’s of Saami phoning us, emailing or writing letters with questions about all sorts of legal matters.

Saami rights are strongly connected with the history. Saami rights today rests on ancient historical tradition. To understand and interpret today’s rights you must understand how the Saami rights developed over a very long time. Without understanding Saami history, one cannot understand today’s Saami situation or today’s Saami rights.

I get a lots’ of questions every week by emails, telephone and letters.  I have started this blog to help myself to answer a lots’ of questions that I get. In this blog I will take up everything about Saami history and Saami rights from the beginning up until today. The purpose of the blog is to inform about the Saami history. But, also because it is an easier way to answer all the questions I get.

However, maybe the effect will be the opposite and I will I get more questions???

 

Lars-Nila Lasko

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Saami History Blog by Lars-Nila Lasko

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“One can perchance ask whether the Saami have no history.” This is the introduction to the section Sámi history of Professor Björn Collin Flinders in year 1953 published book “The Lapps”. Although Professor Collinder was not a professor of Saami history and questioned if the Saami have had no history – the question has relevance from a different perspective – What do people know about the Saami and Saami history?

Students in Swedish schools read more about history of US then about the history of the Saami People?

Looking at the common Swedish Peoples knowledge of Saami history –  it is close to zero. Very often it is articles in the newspapers in northern Sweden that Saami recently immigrated to Sweden, are not the Indigenous People of Sweden or other ahistorical perspectives on the Saami.

Looking at the literature in Swedish about the Saami, one can wonder if there is any history of the Saami people to write about?

The aims of this blog is to be a small light in the darkness and try to spread some information about Saami history.

 

Lars-Nila Lasko

Guhkkin davvin Dávggáid vuolde sabmá suolggai Sámieanan

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