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  • Michelle Rawlings

    The Sámi live in the Northernmost sections of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. | "Joik" Is The Beautiful And Haunting Folk Music You Need In Your Life

  • Emilia Mazarati

    Sápmi, the land of the Sami .. the area the Sami call their land Sápmi and it is quite a large area; about the size of Sweden, but spread out over Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russian Kola Peninsula. The Sami inhabited the region long before the concept of national borders existed. Most experts agree that the Sami culture can be traced back to around 2000 to 2500 years. Nowdayscan sami people live out of sapmi area.

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Worn by the Sami people, (also spelled Saami), one of the indigenous people of northern Europe inhabiting Sapmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia, as well as the border area between south and middle Sweden. This form of clothing, known as gakti, is traditionally worn both in ceremonial contexts and while working, particularly when herding reindeer.

How cute! Notice the shoes with curled toes.

The popular images of Santa's elves obviously are inspired by the Sami. They look like Christmas to those of us with European backgrounds.