Maria, who lives above the Arctic Circle in Finland,
send me this card and I am thrilled with it!
It is painted by Merja Aletta Ranttila, a Sami artist.
Sami people are the indigenous people of Lapland,
and they have their own culture, traditions and
language, according to Maria. She says they
have inhabited the northern Isolated areas
for thousands of years. The card shows a bit
of their traditional costume as well as someof the
You can see the symbols around the edge of the
painting, and then there is a symbol showing
a hunter in the lower left corner. I can also see
the reindeer, the midnight sun, and the Northern
Lights represented here.
Thank you so very much, Maria, for this wonderful
introduction to Laplanders!