The Sámi people are an Indigenous group that traditionally inhabits a territory known as Sápmi, which spans the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Russian Kola Peninsula. The Sámi people have a rich cultural heritage that is closely tied to reindeer herding, which is an important cultural activity among the Sámi and a vital part of their livelihoods. However, the Sámi people have faced significant challenges due to the deterritorialization of their land and the impact of political ideologies on their communities.
Deterritorialization of Sámi reindeer herding communities has had significant impacts on their economic and cultural well-being. Reindeer herding is a vital part of the Sámi people's livelihoods and cultural identity, but it has been threatened by the expansion of extractive industries, tourism, and other economic activities. These changes have significant implications for the economic and cultural well-being of Sámi communities, as reindeer herding is a vital part of their livelihoods and cultural identity.
Despite these challenges, Sámi reindeer herding communities have responded by developing strategies to protect their land and cultural heritage. These strategies include the advocacy for the recognition of Indigenous rights and land rights. However, the deterritorialization of Sámi reindeer herding communities remains an ongoing challenge, and there is a need for continued efforts to protect the cultural and economic well-being of Sámi reindeer herding communities.
By Roger K. Olsson