Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I had a very busy weekend at work, so I am a little bit late with publishing our new episode. This month we are on a journey around the world to discover all kinds of folk music. We already visited Italy, Portugal and Turkey and today we are visiting Sápmi, the land of the Sami. I suppose you have never heard of Sápmi, but if I tell you that Sápmi is the sami-word for Lapland than you all will know in what part of the world you can find Sápmi.
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One of the reasons that joiking was controversial may be its association with noaidi (Sámi shamans) and pre-Christian mythology rituals, with joiking said to resemble magic spells.
Despite this suppression, joiking was strongly rooted in the culture and its tradition was maintained. Joiking is still practiced and is used as a source of inspiration. Recently, joiks are sung in two different styles: a traditional style, known as the "mumbling" style; and a modern style sung mostly by young people, and used as an element in contemporary Sami music.