Båatsoe – Living with reindeers

Bente Haarstad Photography

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I have visited the reindeer herders in Norway for years, trying to document some of their uniqe traditions and way of life. The Sámi people of Northern Scandinavia are the only remaining indigenous people of Europe. There are other minorities in Europe, and the ethnic groups inhabiting the European countries are considered to be indigenous to Europe, including the majority populations. But in Europe only the Sámi is internationally recognised as indigenous.

This year I am having three exhibitions with pictures from my work the last 10-15 years. That is, my pictures are from the tiny minority within the minority; the South Sámi. They are few, maybe only around 2000 persons, living in central part of Norway and Sweden. And they are trying to preserve their traditional way of life and their land rights in an environment often not so interested.

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The Sámi is one nation, Sápmi, living in…

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St Mary’s Seminary, the great unknown!

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It’s perched on the top of a hill, surrounded by ancient cedar woods, hidden and seemingly unknown. Not many people have heard about St Mary’s Seminary. In fact many of the locals who have lived here for years are not even aware the school exists. It was built in 1928 by the German Trappist Monks and was once a high school for Catholic priests in training. These days, St Mary’s Seminary dances to a different tune. It’s now a nursing college and is home to mostly women students.

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“The world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.” J.R.R Tolkien

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“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found was really going in.” – John Muir

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In the last few years,’Mission Tourism’ has taken off in KwaZulu-Natal. It’s not surprising…

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