Sami Of The Future

Scottish poet and writer Kenneth Steven meets the Sámi, the indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia, who are fighting for their future.

They may no longer live as nomads, they may use skidoos and helicopters to round up the reindeer, but once threatened with extinction they now have a Sámi parliament, schools, a National Theatre, their own international pop stars and growing self-esteem.

This is a positive story, and maybe a road map for the future of indigenous people worldwide with whom the Sámi have bonded.

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01The Reindeer Herder's Daughter20050328

Scottish poet and writer Kenneth Steven meets the Sámi, the indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia, who are fighting for their future.

They may no longer live as nomads, they may use skidoos and helicopters to round up the reindeer, but once threatened with extinction they now have a Sámi parliament, schools, a National Theatre, their own international pop stars and growing self-esteem.

This is a positive story, and maybe a road map for the future of indigenous people worldwide with whom the Sámi have bonded.Inga Ravna Eira was born and brought up a nomad.

She was a Sámi and as a child she lived in a lavoo (a tipi) with her family, following a herd of reindeer across the tundra of Northern Norway.

In the summer they would move to the coastal fjords and at night her father would tell stories, her mother would sing, and the children had the freedom to play freely with the animals and around the tipi.

At the age of seven everything changed.

The Norwegian government took her away to a boarding school where she wasn't allowed to speak her language, Sámi, where her name had to be changed to a Norwegian name, and where her parents were hundreds of miles away.

02Music Of The Northern Lights20050329

Scottish poet Kenneth Steven continues his Arctic journey among the Sami, the nomadic people of Northern Scandinavia and Russia, whose ancient lifestyle has changed dramatically in the past hundred years.

Kenneth encounters music produced on instruments made of ice, and Lene Hansen, the youthful founder of a Northern Music festival, describes the transformation her life has undergone.

03Centre Stage In The World Of Reindeer20050330
04The Next President?20050331
05 LAST20050401

Poet Kenneth Steven meets the Sami, a nomadic people of northern Scandinavia.

He meets Mari Boine, possibly the biggest singing star to live North of the Arctic Circle.