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Taneli Nakkalajarvi, 28, (left) and friends drink beer at 10:30am before going to the slaughterhouse for an arduous 12 hour day slaughtering 300 reindeer. Alcoholism is endemic to Finland and even more pronounced in the Sami. Despite the inhospitable Arctic climate reindeer herding has been the livelihood of the Sami for more than a thousand 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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Taneli Nakkalajarvi, 28, (left) and friends drink beer at 10:30am before going to the slaughterhouse for an arduous 12 hour day slaughtering 300 reindeer. Alcoholism is endemic to Finland and even more pronounced in the Sami.   Despite the inhospitable Arctic climate reindeer herding has been the livelihood of the Sami for more than a thousand 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.