Southern Sami History


The southern Sami culture has long traditions in the Røros region. In the surrounding district there are important pasture and grazing lands for reindeer and the mining town of Røros was an important administrative centre for the southern Sami population. The mining town has also been a market centre for trade between the residents and the southern Sami people.

The Røros Museum has 50 years of history in working with the southern Sami people, but it was not until 2001 that the museum was given responsibility for this special subject. The work is focused on the history of the southern Sami people, but it also serves as a bridge between the two cultures. The Sami perspective is presented through documentation and research available to the general public.