People and Culture

Education material in slideshow format with information text about the people in the arctic and their culture.

22 May 2024

Chukchi - Traditional Costume

The Chukchi people are an indigenous group inhabiting the northeasternmost part of Siberia, in the Chukotka Autonomous District of Russia traditionally divided into two ethnographic groups: the Reindeer Chukchi (RC) and the Maritime Chukchi (MC).

26 March 2024

Veps - Traditional Costume

The Veps (Vepsians), a Balto-Finnic people, inhabit the region between Lake Ladoga, Lake Onego, and Lake Beloye, currently divided among the Republic of Karelia, Leningrad region, and Vologda region.

6 February 2024

Sámi - Traditional Costume

The 6th of February the Sámi peoples in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia celebrate their Sámi National Day.

29 January 2024

Nenets - Traditional Costume

The Nenets, an indigenous and small-numbered people of the Russian North, are culturally and linguistically divided into two distinct communities: the Tundra Nenets and the Forest Nenets.

26 January 2024

Inuit Chukotka - Traditional Costume

A group of related peoples, Inuit have settled widely along the Arctic coast of the US (Alaska) and Canada, in Greenland (Denmark) and along the southeast coast of the Chukotka Peninsula (Russia).

31 January 2024

The thirteen Icelandic Yule Lads - Introduction

Unlike most other countries that only have one Santa Claus, Iceland has thirteen. They are called Jólasveinar (Yule Lads) and take turns visiting our children the 13 nights leading up to Christmas Eve.

31 January 2024

Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote_Clod) - Introduction

Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote-Clod) is the first Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 12th of December and also the first to depart for home on the 25th of December.

31 January 2024

Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) - Introduction

Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) is the second Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 13th of December and departs for home on the 26th of December.

31 January 2024

Stúfur (Stubby) - Introduction

Stúfur (Stubby) is the third Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 14th December and departs for home on the 27th of December.

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