Where Reindeer are a Way of Life

The Sami People, the only recognized indigenous group in Europe who inhabit the area of Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Oblast Peninsula of Russia are perhaps best known for their traditional livelihood of reindeer herding. Although in Norway the Sami were granted rights and protections to their ancestral land in order to herd reindeer, their livelihood is being threatened by energy and mining projects as well as restrictions on their herd population by the Norwegian government who sites overgrazing on the tundra as their objective for regulating the reindeer population. Herders such as Jovsset Ante Sara and the Eira family have challenged the government as well as industrial companies in an effort to preserve their way of life.