Jokkmokks Marknad 2012 part 2

I returned to the marknad on the Friday.  It was a very cold day with a temperature of -38 degrees c.  I had not been there long when I started noticing people with what I first thought was zinc oxide cream on their noses, but it was in fact people showing the early stages of frostbite.  Later in the day I met a German girl who’s nose and cheeks were completely white, but when I suggested she needed to go somewhere warm or seek medical treatment, she just laughed and walked away!!

I did not spend much time looking around the marknad because I had no money, but I did watch the reindeer racing

Just after I took this next picture,

the reindeer on the right ran into the reindeer on the left and then kicked the guy laying on the ackja in the face.

To stop the reindeer when they have raced around the circuit a rope is put across, and when the reindeer and ackja run into the rope, the Sámi grab the rope and hold on as they get dragged behind the reindeer, until they stop running.

On Friday evening I attended a Joik concert by Anja Storelv and her band.

It was a great evening with some really good music

Winter in Lapland 2009 – 9

I took a two hour train journey from Gallivare to Jokkmokk on the Inland train, arriving in Jokkmokk at 10:45.

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There were just so many things I would of liked to have bought, particularly a set of these woollen clothes with leather trims

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but I was at the market to specifically buy Reindeer skins and antler tips.  While walking around the market I did meet my Swedish friend Marina who is attending a one year Primitive Skills Course.

The 6th February is national Saami day and there were presentations and songs being given on the main stage

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As I understand some bodies of Saami people were excavated from their graves for museum exhibits and the Saami people are now campaigning for them to be returned.

As well as people speaking there was also some yoiking which is Saami traditional singing.  This short piece of video is of  Thomas Marainen (thanks Marina) and was just so wonderful to listen to.  Unfortunately he does not seem to have any CD’s available to buy.

After completing my shopping list I headed off to watch the Reindeer racing again.  Here they are attaching the Reindeer to the sledges.

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and then they are released and the race begins

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The girl leading in this race is Mary and she comes from the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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In the next race one of the Reindeer broke free but this guy managed to hold on to the tether rope and travelled around the whole course like this

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This was the final race that I saw

Then it was time for me to return to the station to catch my train, but here is a picture of all the items I bought

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2 large Reindeer skins, 2 Birch tanned Reindeer hides for making my bags like the one you can see in the picture, antler tips for fasteners, two knife blades from the blacksmith who made my own blade and 10 kuksa’s which I am selling to help cover the cost of my trip.