Impressions of the Jokkmokk Winter Market

Day 1 and 2 of the winter journey 2018

The first time I’ve been on the Jokkmokksmarknad – the Jokkmokk Winter Market – was 2005. As many other tourists I strolled over the market looking at the many products, everything between fox furs, Sami handicraft and plastic tools for the everyday life.

Since then I’ve been on the market several times, last time in 2015. And I still enjoy the market. Some random impressions:

But my focus has started to change. More and more I want to talk to all the people on the market. With the old guy from Finland trading with fur products, with the American artist building objects from weaving looms, with the Sami women selling grammar books about “lulesamiska”, with the people selling double-walled sauna tents. So many interesting people, all with their own story.

Another way of storytelling I witnessed at 4 o’clock. Sofia Jannok, a famous Sami singer and songwriter presented her current program, which is very political from a Sami perspective. As a musician however I had a strong focus on the music, which I enjoyed very much even though it wasn’t the music I use to listen to. I asked Sofia after the concert if I may publish a photo and I may:

I could tell more but the laptop battery is almost empty and dinner is served in 15 minutes. Two strong arguments for closing the article. We’ll hear soon …


3 comments to “Impressions of the Jokkmokk Winter Market”

  1. Johanna 2018-02-04 15:07

    Hallo Olaf,
    kannst Du auch ein wenig über die Sami erzählen ?
    Warum sind die Texte von Sofia sooo politisch ? Im Netz habe ich nichts von ihr gefunden ….
    Vielleicht falsch gesucht :D
    Liebe Grüße

  2. way-up-north 2018-02-04 21:27

    Hallo Johanna.

    Etwas über die Sami und auch über Sofia Jannok zu erzählen, würde das Format dieses Blogs hier sprengen, zumal ich momentan sehr sparsam mit Strom sein muss.

    Schöne Grüße,

  3. Johanna 2018-02-04 23:07

    Hi Olaf,
    habe dann doch noch einiges über die Sami-Kultur gefunden !
    Sorry , hatte nicht an Deine begrenzten Kapazitäten der Stromversorgung gedacht .
    :D Johanna

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