Otro apunte bonito sobre los Saami: la llegada del invierno y la gestión de los rebaños de renos que les proporcionan el sustento. Nosotros vamos a visitar la región en el tímido inicio de la primavera, cuando la Tierra empieza a despertar del letargo invernal.
For the Saami of Norway, winter is an intense season: for the next 2-3 weeks the Sami will be herding their reindeer, who have been roaming free for the summer, down from the snow dusted mountains and preparing them for crossing open waters in search of winter pastures. It is no easy task and the whole community rallies together to corral the animals, marking them by cutting their ears to work out which animal belongs to which family, giving them anti-parasitic drugs, and preparing them for the journey ahead. It is a total mystery to me how they tell which reindeer even have which markings, but this is a talent learned over centuries.