The market in Jokkmokk have been held every year for several hundred years. In the old days it was an opportunity for the Sami's to meet and barter for necessities. Even today the market still has an important economical and social function for people from the area. As every year it was held around the first weekend of february and the images below is taken in the days of 5 - 7 february 1998.
Most who visits the market in Jokkmokk visits the open air fair in the central parts of this small northern town in Sweden.
On the lake Talvatis there's always reindeerraces. These are however not like the ordinary competitions between Sami's as those that are held in Enari or Kautokeino. But more a novelty for celebritys and tourists, and some of them also participates.
Examples of the Sami culture is however easily found also on the market area such as these Laavth-gåetie or "teepee's". Noone was able to inform your webmaster if those snowsculptures also was to be seen as any cultural examples ;).
In the Sami college we found many Sami handicrafters who sold their work. There is sadly a limited number of non-native who finds their way to these boots.
And the race is on! Well we have to admit that these two reindeers arn't really fast runners. But any reindeer certainly is faster than a human on medium and longer distances.
The students of the native borderschool also had a small boot of their own. But the quality of their handicraft was certainly not something to frown upon!
Text and photo: Aanta.