The Sámi Museum in Karasjok has about 5000 objects in its Collections. This is the largest collection of Sámi Cultural history on the Norwegian side of Sápmi. Sápmi is an indigenous designation of the land of the Sámi people across the borders of four national states, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Northwest Russia.
The museum collections consist of Sami contemporary and cultural historical objects as well as Sami art:
- One of the largest collections of traditional Sámi dresses and clothing
- Duodji (traditional Sámi handicraft) and crafts tools
- Hunting and hunting gear
- Objects related to the indigenous Sámi religion: a copy of Anders Poulsen’s drum from 1692 and sieidi (sacrificial stone)
- Objects and tools from reindeer husbandry
- Tools used in traditional Sami agriculture
- Bealljegoahti (bow rod tent)
- Means of transport: riverboat and reindeer with a sledge
Other objects in our collections:
- Historical photographies, films and voice recordnings
The interior artistic design of the museum building:
The Sámi artist Iver Jåks made the interior design of the museum building.
For questions concerning museum collections, historical photographies, film and recordnings, please send us an email:
Or contact the museum curator Jelena Porsanger: firstname.lastname@example.org
- – Buildings and constructions, which show the way of life and use of natural resources by the Sámi people. Among other things, a farm from Jávrebainjárga and the old forest lodge from Beaivvášgieddi from the beginning of the 19th century. In summer, one can see a traditional Sámi tent called lávvu.
- – In the Outdoor Museum there are ancient pitfalls, which are about 4000 years old. These pitfalls were used to hunt wild reindeer.
Digital guides in the outdoor museum:
We offer digital guided tours at our Outdoor Museum. VAPPUS is the museum’s official digital application, which guides visitors as they move through the outdoor museum. The digitally guided tours contain text, pictures, maps, audio and video. The VAPPUS application is free for museum visitors and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.
VAPPUS means a pathfinder in Sámi . The term derives from the word oahpis which means “the one who knows”. The term VAPPUS comes from the time before the entry of motorized vehicles, when reindeer and horses were used for transport.
VAPPUS is available in Sámi , English, Finnish and Norwegian.
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