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On his first visit to Swedish Lapland, in 1973, Swedish anthropologist Beach stayed 17 months. In subsequent years he returned to take part in every phase of reindeer herding and to observe the effect of modern technology on the herders' wilderness lifestyle. His account of time spent with the Tuorpon Saami (Lapps) in the Jokkmokk District embraces an awesome story of grueling work, adventure and friendship above the Arctic Circle. Beach lived in his own goattieh , a dome-shaped, turf-covered hut with a fireplace in its center. In addition to skis and dogs, the Saami use snowmobiles ("scooters") and walkie-talkies to gather reindeer. In summer, the main activity is calf-marking; in autumn, dividing the herds. The annual moose hunt precedes slaughter of the bucks. Winter brings the arduous task of driving thousands of reindeer from the mountains to pasture in the southeast forests. Beach gives a memorable portrait of a vanishing way of life. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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American anthropologist Beach tells of his first year among the Saami reindeer herders of Swedish Lapland. His narrative interweaves adventure, descriptions of the harsh beauty of the landscape, supernatural tales, and ancient myths. Beach also explores change in the lives of the herders brought on by laws requiring village groups to move and by adaptations to new items such as rubber boots, seaplanes, and modern appliances. The author lives with the herders according to their code, just as Richard Nelson ( The Island Within , LJ 10/1/89) lived cooperatively with Native Americans. Highly recommended for all general collections.
- Mary J. Nickum, The MAXIMA Corp., Lanham, Md.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; 1 Reprint edition (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295980370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295980379
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Hyatt on January 21, 2005
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This is a well written account of a thoughtful outsider's experiences and observations of the Sami reindeer herders. Dr Beach participates in the culture and gains insights into Sami ways and the problems they encounter. A great story of the realities and hardships of a culture under great pressure to change their way of life. The author did his research in the field and it resulted in excellent data unobtainable through other methods. Very enjoyable reading, I recommend it highly to those interested in culture in the far north.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By speck on January 8, 2011
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I used this book as part of a comparative cultures class several years ago. It was a fantastic change of pace from the standard, and sometimes dry, academic ethnographies. The students and I both really enjoyed it. I highly recommend the book for anyone wanting to learn more about Saami culture, culture change and preservation, and/or a non-traditional ethnography.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Plaia on July 29, 2007
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The author really took me there with him in his experiences. This is an older book, and I wish there were something more current like it. I know that things have changed since it was written. Also, being a woman, I would wish for something similar from a woman's cultural perspective and reality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil Zuckerman on April 21, 2007
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This book is wonderful -- it paints a vivid picture of modern Sampi, of both the landscape and the people. As well as the bugs and mice and smoke and wind. It is full of rich details and captivating anecdotes. It is never dull, never dry, but always beautiful and human. I loved every page.
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Almost forty years ago, young anthropology graduate Hugh Beach left the US for remotest Sweden to became a reindeer herder. Through this gripping story of his first year -- with all its discoveries, surprises, delights, and challenges -- he paints a vivid picture of the Saami, the indigenous Nordic people who continue to pursue a livelihood that constantly changes with the continuing expansion of modern culture and technology. Not just a snapshot from 1973, the story encompasses the roots of the herding traditions and, with an epilogue and an afterword from two subsequent editions, a fast-forward through time to a dramatically different view in 2001.

My curiosity about indigenous culture, and how it has evolved alongside the pressing modernization of Sweden, is more than satisfied. But it's Hugh Beach's very personal account of his own adventure that makes me want to recommend the book to friends. He immerses us in the world through his eyes, with frank accounts of his own struggles and how through the year his companions helped shape him. The story leaves me longing for a year like his, for an experience so life-changing, for the depth and richness of knowledge and experience that comes from such total immersion.

The tale for the most part ends at the completion of the reindeer herding cycle, one year after it's begun, but the afterword and epilogue are essential reading. Bittersweet "where are they nows" of a personal, cultural, and political nature tell the tale of rapid changes in the world of the Saami, from the devastating fallout of Chernobyl to the advent of the internet. Though Beach makes obvious his love for, and alignment with, the herders and the wilderness they depend on, he gives a very realistic wide angle view on the interrelation of many opposing viewpoints, forces, and challenges, and how their interplay will ultimately determine the fate of the Swedish Saami's world.
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