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Reindeer heads lie stacked outside the abattoir of the Hirvas Salmi Reindeer Group. Five herders slaughter 300 reindeer on the fourth day of the roundup earning £.40 per slaughter in a gruelling day?s work. 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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SAMI REINDEER HERDERS
Reindeer heads lie stacked outside the abattoir of the Hirvas Salmi Reindeer Group. Five herders slaughter 300 reindeer on the fourth day of the roundup earning £.40 per slaughter in a gruelling day?s work. 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.