Sami reindeer herders attend Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesListen / The Samis call northern Scandinavia their home. They are an indigenous people whose origins go back some 11,000 years.
Reindeer herding is central to their culture.
The Norwegian Reindeer Herding Samis Association is represented at the current session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Two of its youthful members, Berit Marie Lise Eira, leader of the organization's youth committee and Eva Jaama, a member, spoke to me about reindeer and the threat herders face in Norway.