Sami turf hut (C201817)

This example of a traditional Sami turf hut is opposite the Borderlands Museum in Kirkenes, Norway.

Kirknes is in the far north of Norway, close to the border with Russia. The Borderlands Museum explains in an accessible way the complex hisory of the area.

The Sami people are indigenous to the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Rooted in traditions of fishing and reindeer herding, their culture spans the four modern countries, as does their traditional life style. Living so far north, the Sami needed to make the most of the materials available to them to keep warm in the long, harsh winters. Turf huts offered protection from the harsh conditions. This example is in the grounds of the Borderland Museum and gives visitors a glimpse into how the Sami lived in the far north.

This t-card contrasts the bold orange of the young rowan tree with its autumn leaves with the leafless silver birch surrounding the turf hut by the shore of the fjord.

You might use an open stitch pattern in orange to highlight the tree, or perhaps you prefer to highlight the hut itself in its muted earthy colours. As always, you can make the card your own in any way you choose.

Download the t-card that is published under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

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