A collection of 25 to 30 authentic examples of decorated tools
and household items used in nomadic reindeer herding are part
of the exhibit. Each item is accompanied by a small illustrated
stand-up card that contains an explanation of its use. The pieces
can be displayed in the cases that already exist at each museum
and come packed in three or four padded filing boxes. The objects
are on loan from the Nathan Muus / Saami Báiki Collection,
the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and from descendants
of the Reindeer Project.
Each exhibit is made up of fifteen to twenty-five black and white
photos ranging in size from 8 x 10 to 11 x 17. They focus on the
herders and their activities in the area where the museum is located.
They are mounted on foam core and are packed in a metal suitcase.
"Source Books" containing the genealogies of each Sami
Reindeer Project family’s first two generations in Alaska
are being compiled and made available at each of the museums where
the exhibit takes place. The Source Books are edited by Ruthanne
A lavvu (traditional Sámi tent) usually travels with the
"Sami: Reindeer People of Alaska" exhibit. It can be
set up indoors or outside, depending on the weather and the space
available. The lavvu includes a fire pit with cooking pot in the
center, reindeer furs and pine or birch boughs on the floor and
other furnishings. The cover is made from double strength denim
and is shipped in a canvas duffel bag; the poles must be harvested
locally. The required floor space is 10 to 12 feet and the height
is 10 to 12 feet. A smaller version of the lavvu is also available
on request. The Saami Báiki Office will provide pole requirements
and assist the museum in setting up the lavvu.