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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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.

 

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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???

 

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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

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