Jokkmokk Sámi market in Swedish Lapland – in pictures
Every February, the small town of Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland hosts the 400-year-old winter market of the indigenous Sámi people, with folk dancing, reindeer races and traditional food
Oppilas itse piirsi mallin tai käytti valmista mallia, huopaan kiinni ja jäteväripaperisuikaleista kuviosaksilla koristeet. (Alkuopettajat FB -sivustosta / Kristiina Pakkanen)
The ceremonial drum is an important symbol for the Sami today. While it is no longer used for religious rituals, it is still central at e.g. protest marches and political events. Christian missionaries tried to exterminate the sami religion and shaman rites and erasing the drums was a key element in that. The drums and shaman ceremonies were banned. People insisting on their old ways were punished by law and the drums were burned or confiscated.