When I was in Lapland in September, I had occasion to visit the Siida Saami Museum in Inari, Finland. This museum has lots of great information and exhibits on Saami culture, technology and history. This post focuses on the outside, open-air portion of the museum, which features a variety of shelters, traps and other structures of the indigenous people of Lapland. I was really impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of the people who made them. I only had a few rainy minutes to run through this part of the museum and take as many pictures as I could before it closed!
Lavvu tent frame
Lavvu with cover and fire ring in center
“Fabric goahti” frame inside museum
Fabric goahti with cover
Inside wooden lavvu
Cauldron inside wooden lavvu
Back of peat goahti
Not sure if this is another type of peat goahti or if it has a different name
Sawing rig (for ripping boards?)
Raised platform for hay (and animal pen below?)
Elevated storage shed
Reindeer pit trap
Another trap (wolverine?)
Hope you enjoyed this look at some Saami handiwork!