This year I am in a choir, and we’re singing a song which was supposedly inspired by the traditional Sámi “Yoik.” This is a vocal tradition among the Sámi people which often describes a person, emotion, or something else using very few words. These words usually just repeat over and over again. According to the Sámi, a Yoik has no beginning and no end.
I have no idea whether or not the song is authentic, and while I think it isn’t, I can’t say for sure. However, the whole Sámi thing reminded me of something that I had read.
The Sámi people inhabit the Arctic area of Sámpi. This area includes parts of Russia, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The Sámi are a nomadic people passing through country borders at will. They engage in fur trapping, sheep herding, fishing, and lots of reindeer herding.
That is pretty much all I know about them, but it was more than everyone else I talked to, who hadn’t heard of them at all. I’m looking forward to singing this song 🙂