Karesuando 2012

On Saturday morning we travelled to Karesuando to spend a day with Teres’ relatives.

Unfortunately a 26km section of the E45 which runs from Karesuando – Gela in Italy.

The road was very rough to drive which wasn’t so good for my back and it was not always so obvious exactly where to drive!!

Teres’ dad Ingvar came with us to tell us about the area and it’s history and stories of things he did when spending summers there with his parents and family.

The village is actually just outside  Karesuando and is called Mertajärvi. The old house on the left of this picture is where the family used to live (built in the late 1800′s) and then the new house was built in the 1950′s.

We spent a lot of time talking with Ingvar’s aunty and traditional remedies for various ailments and illnesses and I will be testing and writing about some of them in the future.

 

It was also hemvändardag  (I can’t translate this word but the event is about people who have lived there, returning gathering to see friends and family).

The event was held in the school where there were many pictures of family and relatives (the family name is Gunnare)

and Ingvar enjoyed talking with people about the family history.

We also drove across the border into Finnish Karesuando

There were some wonderful chainsaw carvings in a field next to the border

Thanks to all the family for a great day!!!

Karesuando

Last week we drove up to the Sami/Saami village of Karesuando, the most northern settlement in Sweden, which sites directly on the Swedish/Finnish border, to visit the graves of Teres’ grandparents and meet some of here relatives that still live there.

As we drove up there, a young Tengmalm’s Owl flew across the road and was struck by the campervan in front of us.  The owl sat in the middle of the road, so we stopped the car and I ran out to pick up the bird and check it was ok.  There was no sign of any serious injuries, so I placed it in the forest nearby where the parents could find it

Teres’ grandmother lived in the village of Mertajävi just outside Karesuando

and this is where we visited some of Teres’ relatives.  Here is the house where Teres’ grandmother grew up.

Here’s the lake at the back of the house where they fixed and collected water

From 1910 – 1940 the Sami people from the Karesuando area were being driven from there land and moved into the Porjus/Ritsem area.  This led to some conflict as the two groups had different ways of herding, with the Karesuando Sami using a herd roaming system with less animals, compared with the local Sami who herded with more animals in their own specific areas for milking.

There are still families herding Reindeer in from 1910 – 1940 the Sami people from the Karesuando area were being driven from there land moved into the Porjus/Ritsem area.  This led to some conflict as the two groups had different ways of herding, with the Karesuando Sami using a herd roaming system with less animals, compared with the local Sami who herded with more animals in their own specific areas for milking.

There are still families herding Reindeer in Karesuando, but many families are now farmers.