As this is written the opening ceremonys for the confernce is being held,
a lot of delegates from all over the world arrived the day before the conference.
Among them a suprising large number of Maori from New Zealand and Aborigee's
During the conference we'll keep you informed through these pages as much as time
permits, but yours truly -the webmaster- is simultaneously also part of the staff
hosting the conference and also holds a set of workshops.
All pages describing the events will therefore not be available the same day as
originally thought but the day after -i hope you'll excuse this but honestly speaking
i've slept only some 3 hours a night during the last four days.
|A special thanx to
Laara Ahrén for
helping me to set
up my Laitoke*.
But he's a really
friendly guy, the only
complaint he had was
that he thought that
a too long time had
passed since we've seen
Latoke= Traditional Sami Tent
The opening ceremony was held in the same field where many had spent the night in their laitohkh and tepees (yes there's actually one here!). It opened with a few words from the hosting Sami's and then the aborigee delegate Greg Phillips carried a a message from the Elders of his nation to the conference. Photography was prohibited during the ceremony so no pictures will be shown from this, one of those things i'll happily tell about is that a large bird called a Gåehpele in Saemien (=capercaillie?) turned up at the ceremony. It walked on the ground approached the circle and for a while seemed to consider to join our group. Later on it turned up at the entrance of the conference hall where it lied down and let itself be touched by several persons. The presence of this bird has been seen a sign from mother earth by severeal of the participants of the conference.
Except the work for the newspaper yours truly managed to host a workshop about Indigenous networking and contacts today. Have a look at my good friend Rickard Valkeapaa's thoughts about this in Vaajese found below.
in the Hotel room
at this conference.
Believe me, this
guy's a riot!