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  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 6, 2018: Northern lights swirl about Jovsset Ante Sara's snowmobile cabin on the tundra. Jovsset, a 26 year old Sami reindeer herder, has challenged the Norwegian government since 2014 for his right to herd, against what he deems as unfair regluations to regulate the size of his herd. After two victories in the lower courts, his case went to the supreme court where he lost in December. He vows to take his case to the Human Rights Council.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 5, 2018: Jovsset Ante Sara's reindeer graze on the tundra. Jovsset feeds them a few times a week at this time of year when the area has been grazed upon most of the winter and the reindeer are anxious to begin their spring migration.
  • Kautokeino, Norway- March 30, 2018: People gather for a reindeer sleigh ride during the Sami Easter Festival in Kautokeino.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 6, 2018: A "Lavvu", a traditional sami tent lies inundated with snow on Lešjávri lake on the border with Alta and Kautokeino.
  • Kautokeino, Norway- March 30, 2018: Mai-Lis Eira (center) watches her father throw at the lasso competition with her mother (right) and sister as part of the Sami Easter Festival in Kautokeino.
  • Kautokeino, Norway- March 30, 2018: A boy practices lasso throwing on the side of a "Lavvu" (a traditional tent) at the lasso competition as part of the Sami Easter Festival in Kautokeino.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 5, 2018: Jovsset Ante Sara's reindeer graze on the tundra. Jovsset feeds them a few times a week at this time of year when the area has been grazed upon most of the winter and the reindeer are anxious to begin their spring migration.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 5, 2018: Reindeer fur mittens on the bed in Jovsset Ante Sara's snowmobile cabin on the tundra. Reindeer hair is hallow within, creating a heat trap system that keep the animals warm even in the coldest tempertures and are therefore used for dress in traditional Sami culture.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 5, 2018: Jovsset Ante Sara's reindeer graze on the tundra. Jovsset feeds them a few times a week at this time of year when the area has been grazed upon most of the winter and the reindeer are anxious to begin their spring migration.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 7, 2018: A stream breaks through the spring snow of the tundra.
  • Kautokeino, Norway- March 30, 2018: The reindeer racing finals as part of the Sami Easter Festival in Kautokeino.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 2, 2018: Inger Marie Gaup Eira jumps off the house into the snow, a pastime for kids in Kautokeino during the long snowy winter. Inger's family are reindeer herders and his cousin Jovsset Ante Sara has challenged the Norwegian government in Supreme Court for his right to herd.
  • Kautokeino, Norway- March 30, 2018: Young Sami dance at the closing concert of the Sami Easter Festival in Kautokeino.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 1, 2018: Easter church celebrations at the Kautokeino Church. The Sami people were converted to Christianity from the 1500's and their traditional belief system was oppressed in some cases by violence. Much of the older generation follows Christianity although there is a movement of the youth to embrace their shamanistic roots.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 1, 2018: Easter church celebrations at the Kautokeino Church. The Sami people were converted to Christianity from the 1500's and their traditional belief system was oppressed in some cases by violence. Much of the older generation follows Christianity although there is a movement of the youth to embrace their shamanistic roots.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 1, 2018: The main cemetary to the side of the Kautokeino church where many generations of Sami in Kautokeino are burried.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 3, 2018: Maret Anne Sara's Pile o Sapmi art installation, a mound of 200 reindeer heads with a Norwegian flag atop outside of the courthouse in Tana where Maret's brother Jovsset challenged the state for his right to herd.
  • Kautokeino, Norway- March 30, 2018: Elle Marjá Eira (right) and her daughter Thea dress in their traditional Sami clothing for Sami Easter Festivities.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 2, 2018: Elle Marjá Eira, a reindeer herder as well as musician and film maker, looks on at her flock through binoculars in the midde of the tundra. Per and his fellow herders brought a lawsuit against an energy company Statnett, owned by the Norwegian Government to fight against the building of high voltage electrical lines running through their summer pasture. They lost the suit.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 2, 2018: Per Henrik Eira's reindeer on the thudra. Per and his fellow herders brought a lawsuit against an energy company Statnett, owned by the Norwegian Government to fight against the building of high voltage electrical lines running through their summer pasture. They lost the suit.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 2, 2018: Per Henrik Eira, a 56 year old Sami reindeer herder (left) and his daughter Elle Marjá also a reindeer herder as well as musician and film maker, take a break inside their winter cabin in the midde of the tundra. Per and his fellow herders brought a lawsuit against an energy company Statnett, owned by the Norwegian Government to fight against the building of high voltage electrical lines running through their summer pasture. They lost the suit.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 2, 2018: Per Henrik Eira, a 56 year old Sami reindeer herder looks on outside of his winter cabin in the middle of the tundra. Per and his fellow herders brought a lawsuit against an energy company Statnett, owned by the Norwegian Government to fight against the building of high voltage electrical lines running through their summer pasture. They lost the suit.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 3, 2018: A leftover antler placed in the snow from Maret Anne Sara's Pile o Sapmi art installation, a mound of 200 reindeer heads with a Norwegian flag atop outside of the courthouse in Tana where Maret's brother Jovsset challenged the state for his right to herd.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 4, 2018: A stuffed reindeer in the supermarket in Kautokeino.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 6, 2018: Jovsset Ante Sara in his snowmobile cabin on the tundra. Jovsset, a 26 year old Sami reindeer herder, has challenged the Norwegian government since 2014 for his right to herd, against what he deems as unfair regluations to regulate the size of his herd. After two victories in the lower courts, his case went to the supreme court where he lost in December. He vows to take his case to the Human Rights Council.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 6, 2018: A boat, waits out the winter months, half submerged in the snow,on the tundra.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 7, 2018: Jovsset Ante Sara's reindeer who injured it's arm, walks to a new location where the snowmobile has been repositioned. Jovsset is nursing the calf and feeding him until he is strong enough to dig for his food along the tundra.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 8, 2018: A photo of Maret Ravdna Sara adorns the wall of her 91 year old father's bedroom. Maret's nephew, Jovsset, a 26 year old Sami reindeer herder, has challenged the Norwegian government since 2014 for his right to herd, against what he deems as unfair regluations to regulate the size of his herd. After two victories in the lower courts, his case went to the supreme court where he lost in December. He vows to take his case to the Human Rights Council.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 8, 2018: Jovsset Mikkol Ivvar, 91 herded his reindeer on skies. His grandson also named Jovsset, a 26 year old Sami reindeer herder, has challenged the Norwegian government since 2014 for his right to herd, against what he deems as unfair regluations to regulate the size of his herd. After two victories in the lower courts, his case went to the supreme court where he lost in December. He vows to take his case to the Human Rights Council.
  • Kautokeino, Norway-April 7, 2018: Jovsset Ante Sara's reindeer who injured it's arm, walks to a new location where the snowmobile has been repositioned. Jovsset is nursing the calf and feeding him until he is strong enough to dig for his food along the tundra.