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Veggai (left), 58, a Sami elder and once champion lasso thrower, confers with his daughter as to how many reindeer she would like him to slaughter. This day marked the first snowfall, roundup, and slaughter of the year. Taneli Nakkalajarvi, 28, takes a smoke break from slaughtering reindeer. He is one of five herders who slaughter, earning only £.40 per reindeer. Despite the inhospitable Arctic climate reindeer herding has been the livelihood of the Sami for hundreds of years, but amid the economic, technological, and environmental problems of modern society their indigenous culture must increasingly reconcile these radical changes in order to preserve age-old traditions, customs, and mores.
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SAMI REINDEER HERDERS
Veggai (left), 58, a Sami elder and once champion lasso thrower, confers with his daughter as to how many reindeer she would like him to slaughter.  This day marked the first snowfall, roundup, and slaughter of the year.  Taneli Nakkalajarvi, 28, takes a smoke break from slaughtering reindeer.  He is one of five herders who slaughter, earning only £.40 per reindeer.  Despite the inhospitable Arctic climate reindeer herding has been the livelihood of the Sami for hundreds of years, but amid the economic, technological, and environmental problems of modern society their indigenous culture must increasingly reconcile these radical changes in order to preserve age-old traditions, customs, and mores.