tisdag 22 september 2009

Gathering the Reindeer

16:th of September 2009
The gathering of the Reindeer is a big event in the Sami culture. In autumn the immature males are brought in by hand and lasso, some of them are slaughtered, some are sterilized and released. A lot of people in the Sami community is taking part in the actual hearding and catching of the animals. It´s easy to see that it´s an activity apppreciated by the young poeople, who are initiated to the hard work with the animals, and proud to take part of it.
It´s the first Reindeer-gathering I´ve witnessed and of course it is an overwhelming experience. I tried to document it with a few pictures.

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