The Inari Saami Language Association documents and develops the usage of Inari Saami by publishing books and newspapers, organizing Inari Saami day care for preschool-age children, and participating in cooperative research work with universities such as the University of Oulu and the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø.
The Saami are a group of indigenous peoples living in northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. The Inari Sámi traditionally inhabit the area around Lake Inari in northern Finland. Despite being a minority group among the Sámi, the Inari Sámi have distinctive cultural traits as well as their own language, which is experiencing a spectacular revitalisation. Some 25 years ago there were no child speakers and only a couple of young speakers. Today there are three language nests where only Inari Saami is spoken, and children can attend their primary school with Inari Sámi as the teaching language.
Watch this video to know more about the Inari Saami and their language.
Buy a book and support an indigenous language!
The “Sammeli” series of books are bilingual in Inari Saami and English and tell of the adventures of Sammeli in the “8 seasons” of Lapland.