Monday, December 5, 2011

Palate Cleanser #161: Sami Style

"Reindeer think with the nose, not the eyes. They go with the wind." ~ Nils Peder Gaup

Reindeer, Scandinavia

Photograph by Erika Larsen
This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos
Sami herders follow the migrations of the reindeer as they move across northern Scandinavia and Russia from their winter grazing grounds to cooler areas during the summer months.
See more pictures from the November 2011 feature story, "Sami: The People Who Walk With Reindeer."

The video is lovely!

I find it interesting that in the Sami languages,  where the work of reindeer walking is called boazovázzi, (my new favorite word-  "Don't bother me right now, I'm boazovázzi.")  the word for "herd" is eallu; the word for "life" is eallin. 

Erika Larsen, you make me feel cool and relaxed with these photos and video. May the Quantum Field be kind to you and your work.

You can see and read more of Erika Larsen's extraordinary photodocumentary experience of living among, and keeping house for, the Sami for three years here.

visual palate cleanser concept © Bright Nepenthe, 2011

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