PORTRAIT OF A LAPLANDER SAMI FAMILY

This vintage real photo postcard falls into the ethnographic category. This interesting image features a family in Lapland. The area of  Lapland is located in Finland’s northernmost region. It is sparsely populated and is the homeland of the indigenous Sami people. The Sami’s pursue coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding. However, they are most known for their work as semi-nomadic reindeer herders. The reindeer are utilized for meat, fur, and transportation. The family seen in this photograph is part of the Sami people. There is much to note in this photograph. Take a look at the family’s clothing. Perusing the picture one can also see the family dog, animal skins, reindeer antlers and fur covered shoes. Be sure not to miss viewing the baby in a papoose like bed. This postcard was published by Enerett Mittet & Company and is part of a series (no. 1/98). The residue on the back side of this vintage postcard reveals that it once was a resident of a photo album.

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  1. Great photo! The girl/woman holding the baby in the papoose looks more native American than the older woman in the foreground. What do you think?

    • The papoose in this image is similar to some that I have seen in photographs of Native American papooses. In addition, I do see the Native American similarity in appearance of the woman holding the papoose. However, I think she also appears Asian. Apparently, gene studies discovered a “Native American” component in the Saami people as well as with East Asians. You can find these studies online and I hope you have a better luck than me in comprehending the scientific articles. Thanks for sharing your observation.


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