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(x) a reindeer fence
posted by carolin on 2 July 2016

#4 While walking on the trail to the tree country cairn, I stumbled upon a fence marking the boarder between Norway and Finland.  I did not make it to the three-borders-point after. The next day I asked Oula A. Valkeapää about the fence. He explained that it was established after the Napoleon Wars (1809). Later the boarder fence had been closed, which meant a major change for the Sami reindeer herders, as reindeers instinctively seek to move up north in the summer going towards the wind. In this respect, closing the boarder created an unnatural boundary in the middle of a natural emerged, long established living area of the Sami people and their reindeers. (cyanotype on cotton 150x210cm)