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Beneath the Ice: In Search of the Sami


Beneath the Ice: In Search of the Sami

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    Kenneth Steven(Author)
"A poetic voice of great sensitivity." - Alexander McCall Smith. Beneath the Ice tells the fascinating, often troubling, story of the Sami - the indigenous people of the Scandinavian Arctic. A proud and resilient people in an unforgiving yet stunningly beautiful northern wildscape, the Sami have carved out an existence rich in tradition, where the old ways of reindeer herding, shamanic belief and the veneration of bears have not yet been forgotten. Author Kenneth Steven celebrates this unique culture in a collection of essays that chronicle his own lifelong love affair with the north, and his own encounters with the Sami. Displaying a deep empathy, he finds a people often persecuted and a community under threat from modernity and climate change. But he also uncovers the Sami's idiosyncratic culture - and captures the very essence of northern spirit.

-Kenneth Steven has a ready sensitivity to the beauty of small moments.- --?The Herald"Kenneth Steven has a ready sensitivity to the beauty of small moments." --?The Herald"There is a grave beauty in these lines, revealing a poetic voice of great sensitivity." --Alexander McCall Smith"Kenneth has a rare gift of being able to transmute the mundane into the mesmerizing, in a kind of poetic alchemy." --The Countryman

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  • PDF | 128 pages
  • Kenneth Steven(Author)
  • Saraband (11 Feb. 2016)
  • English
  • 9
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Guest on 22 June 2017

    Excellent, lovely to read about the history of indigenous people.

  • By Dee from Crawfordjohn on 19 November 2016

    I had to go to my (out-of-date) atlas to find the area Kenneth was describing in this book. I explored my memory for recollections of the history or mention on the news but could bring to mind no mention of the Sami people. I shan't forget now. Kenneth has the ability to take us with him to the lonely places. And he goes, he physically goes, to this northern edge of the world and meets the Sami people, learns about their history and culture and lives among them.His description of the country and of a near- extinguished culture is, as usual, hauntingly beautiful. His writing is augmented by Kristina's stunning photography. It is a thought-provoking story, which, as Kenneth points out, has echoes in other parts of our world.

  • By Guest on 14 November 2016

    This is a fascinating book that really stirred something in my soul. The story of the Sami that is one of those stories that "has to be told" and the author does that expertly. Its carefully and thoroughly researched but it is far more than that. A personal journey of reconnection which puts the reader in touch with another world beyond our own.

  • By Guest on 23 September 2016

    Kenneth Steven shares his personal journey of discovery of the Sami and other northern peoples and how, after centuries of discrimination and marginalisation, they came to the attention of the world in 1991 as a result of protests against the planned construction of a dam on the Alta river.

  • By sue tait on 25 April 2016

    very interesting

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