Thursday is Sami National Day, celebrated by the indigenous people of Sweden’s north. It’s also when the annual Jokkmokk Winter Market kicks off, just above the Arctic Circle.
The three-day festival has been around since the 1600s, originally set up by King Karl IX as a way to bring trade to the north and increase tax revenue.
Nowadays it’s a gather place for Sami people across the country to meet and network.
One of them attending this year is Nils-Henrik Sikku, a Sami author and journalist who’ll be selling his latest book at the market. He described the market as a new year’s celebration of sorts for the Sami and the small municipality of Jokkmokk.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Canada at “pivotal” moment when it comes to Arctic, says minister of Northern Affairs, Eye on the Arctic
Finland: How not to promote Arctic tourism – Why Finland’s Indigenous Sami say marketing their region needs to change, Eye on the Arctic special report
Russia: Russia removes critical voices ahead of Arctic Council chairmanship, claims Indigenous peoples expert, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Sami indigenous village wins historic land use case over Swedish state, Radio Sweden
United States: US Senate passes bill with funds for missing and murdered Indigenous women, CBC News