About Näätämö & Sevettijärvi
Sevettijärvi is the centre of the Skolt Sámi area, and it is one of the very few places in the world where it is still possible to hear the Skolt Sámi language being spoken daily. The Skolt Sámi are an indigenous population of the Kola Peninsula in Russia, who lost their native lands in Petsamo as a result of the Second World War. Sevettijärvi was founded when a total of 51 Skolt families were evacuated from Petsamo in 1949. In terms of their language and traditions, Skolts belong to the Eastern Sámi and they are Orthodox by religion. Skolt Sámi clothing style, music, festival traditions, customs, and food traditions also include eastern features.