Saami

My Saami heritage

Sam at Finn Slough -

Finn Slough

My father was a Finnish Saami. After immigrating to Canada he became a commercial fisherman, gillnet fishing on the west coast of Vancouver. In the early 1960’s my dad purchased a small fishing shack from another long time resident of Finn Slough – Mr. Hämäläinen. In the summer months he would travel in his gillnetter …

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Sami Shoe Bands

Skalleband Shoe Bands

Sami Shoe Bands Shell Bands, Skallebånd, Vuoddagat, Paulanauhat Sami patterned shoe bands were traditionally woven on a rigid heddle loom. The woven bands were worn wrapped around the ankles and their purpose was to fasten the reindeer leather boots to the feet and to protect the legs against the snow, similar to modern day gaitors. …

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Petsamo Life

My father recorded some audio tapes of his life in Lapland. Here are some .mp3 file excerpts from those tapes. I am also working on a translation of his stories. Many thanks to my brother Asko, for preserving the tapes, and to my nephew Rainer, for converting them to digital format. Aiti in Norway.mp3 These …

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Salomon Halonen

Saami Heritage

My grandmother was Marja (Maria) Dahl, a Saami, born in Vesisaari,Vadsà in northern Norway, near the Anni Joki on August 4, 1870. Her parents moved to Petsamo when she was a baby. There were 3 other Sami families living in Petsamo at the time. Matti Pankko, Piera Hans and Marjapik Mari Larsen. Her parents died …

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