The Search for a Past: The Prehistory of the Indigenous Saami in Northern Coastal Sweden
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Hypotheses page

   

 

       

1

The ancestors of the Saami occupied the north Swedish coast during prehistoric times.

 
 

2

These Saami were displaced from the region in the fourteenth century by Swedish settlers, the Church, the State and Hanseatic fishing and mercantilism.

 

3

They moved inland where they were forced into a greater dependency on reindeer and, through State intervention in the 16th century, nomadism.

 

4

These people were the ancestors of the Ume-Saami speaking people.

Saami reindeer herders with sleds and reindeer in the snow

Reindeer traction is of greater antiquity than herding. Only 10% of the Saami herd reindeer.

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