Ruotnas Várri

Ruotnas Várri / The Green Mountain

Music: Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, Stierdna Production Label, Director: Liselotte Wajstedt

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.

An interview With Lars-Ánte, on Vimeo: