Ruotnas Várri, new Music Video

The Music Video Ruotnas Várri / The Green Mountain

A part of the feature documentary film project KIRUNA ORTDRIVAREN

Music: Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen

Stierdna Production Label

Director: Liselotte Wajstedt

Photo: Olle Sundberg, Liselotte Wajstedt, Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, Mikael Johansson

Aftereffects: Jennie Nyström

Production: Barents Film and Video productions and Liselotte Wajstedt

Co-Production Filmpool Nord, Katja Härkönen

Support: Konstnärsnämnden, Sámi Council, Region Norrbotten


I work on an artistic film/research project on the displacement of Kiruna. Working title is “Kiruna – Ortdrivaren”. It is an artistic and Indigenous Methodologies project from the inside, about and with the Mine, the City, the Place, the Move and the People.  As part of this project I follow the Gábna Sámi Village and in particular one of the herders and now also the president of the village; Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, in his daily life. Kuhmunen is also a yoiker and his artistic work forms part of the project.

Ruotnas Várri – the Green Mountain, the mountain Mertainen.

Mertainen has always been crucial to Gábna; the reindeer have had access to lichen from the trees. Lichen in the trees has become more important as the current climate change is impacting negatively on the grazing available on the ground.  When the trees are cut down or contaminated by dust from the mining, it is a major threat to the reindeer herding and thus to the Sámi culture. Also psychologically the mountain is an important place: the Mother mountain. Now the state mining company has started mining for ore here.