Last weekend it was Jokkmokk’s Christmas Market, which is a much smaller and low-key event than the “Winter Market”. There were just a few small stalls there selling bread and other home made products.
Kelly was really happy because she got to ride in a traditional Sámi sled pulled by a reindeer.
Here is a picture that I took looking from our house to my neighbours house the other evening. The snow is now about 50cms deep.
I visited Jokkmokks Marknad both on Thursday and Saturday. While travelling to Jokkmokk on Thursday, a juvenile Sea Eagle flew up from the side of the road.
and landed in a tree, but it was a bit too far away to get any decent pictures.
There were many people at the market. So many, that it was difficult to take photo’s.
There was a Sámi women was very good at making Birch bark containers.
There is a also a Finnish house building company that has moved to Jokkmokk, and they will be selling timber houses from 2019 and they had a sauna at the market to demonstrate to quality of their work.
I bought a couple of tanned reindeer skins for making coffee bags and a thicker skin (not sure from which animal) for making pouches for my new equipment belt. The fork in the picture below, I use to make the holes for sewing.
I wet mould the leather to achieve the required shape. I had made a pouch for my Leatherman Wave, a pouch to hold a tobacco tin and one to hold my Petzl Tikka head-torch + three spare batteries in the bottom of the pouch.
Last Tuesday evening I went fishing for a couple of hours. I caught some small trout, which I decided to put back
but I also caught one trout that weighed 1 1/2 kgs and this 2kg trout
The following morning a lorry came with 00kgs of new fish to go in the lake
No one is allowed to fish in the lake now until after 1st July.
Last Saturday I was one of about 40 people who attended a concert by Yana Mangi, in Jokkmokk for the launch of her new CD “Free”.
Yana appeared in an episode of Ray Mears series “Bushcraft” in 2002, and both Yana and this particular programme were a big influence for me moving to Lapland. I think her music is just fantastic!!
Starting to feel better now and so I have made some items.
A Birch bark container, an new armband for me and a taditional reindeer leather salt pouch.
I have been busy making items for Solberget Vildmarksbyn.
Some Birch bark containers, a kåsa and a large knife.
The knife handle is made from Birch bur, Moose horn and sheath leather.
and the cup is also made from Birch bur. A local reindeer herder gave me 10 out of 10 for the quality of this Kåsa which pleased me greatly!!
Yesterday I was at Jokkmokk’s Historic Marknad (this is a small market held each year from Sunday to Wednesday, prior to the main market starting on Thursday), where I spent quite a bit of time demonstrating making fire with the bow-drill.
One Sámi man was really interested to see the bow-drill in use and I ended up giving him my bow-drill set so that he could practise making fire with it at home.
About 10kms outside Nattavaara today we had the annual Renskiljning.
The Reindeer are herded into a handling facility and each Sami family removes their own animals from the herd to feed and care for during the winter.
Here are a few pictures from today;
I was at work yesterday, but Teres was at home and took some pictures of some guests that arrived for dinner and spent most of the day at our house.
There was one almost completely white reindeer with them. He had a bell around his neck which helps to locate the reindeer when they are in the forest.
This is a mother and calf that are digging in the snow to locate food
and this animal is fitted with a GPS collar as part of a project to study bear predation on reindeer. When a bear comes within 100 metres of the reindeer, the collar activates and begins sending a signal to the researches. They have found that 60% of reindeer calves are taken by bears!
This is one of the home remedies that we learnt about while in Karesuando. It is a hair tonic and shampoo made from Birch leaves and when used regularly, it treats scalp conditions, promotes hair-growth and generally conditions the hair.
It is very easy to make.
You collect Birch leaves in August in Karesuando (so maybe during September in the UK) put them in a jar with an air-tight top.
You then add warm (NOT HOT) water and leave to cool for about 8 hours, shaking periodically. After 8 hours you remove the leaves and it’s finished.
You only require a small amount in your hand when you wash your hair, but it does not lather!!
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!!!