What is the Land, what was it like in the upper part of River Kemijoki?
Who are the people, what were their activities like?
What are the plants and animals along with the people who make up the Ecology?
What is spiritual about it?
Our international network LandBodyEcologies researches the phenomenon of solastalgia to understand the lived experiences of land trauma among marginalized communities. Solastalgia is defined as the emotional or existential suffering caused by environmental change.
The following stories describe life in Forest Lapland (Finland) at a time when livelihoods were mainly based on the diverse use of nature. And how the lives and activities of the local people followed the cycle of the year. The journey begins with a visit to a sieidi, a sacred place of Forest Lapp people.