Our homes in Laponia have changed in a very brief time. In the past we were constantly on the move. We chose to sites that lay near water on dry, flat slopes. The home was quickly constructed. Everything had its place and every part of the goahte tent had a name.
Now, cabins stand in the sites where we often stop for a longer period. Older peat goahte buildings often remain, but some of them have already returned to the land. Perhaps all that remains to show where someone once lived is a raised embankment. Some goahte buildings are repaired. New timber and new peat are added. Tweaks are put on the floor before we make a fire and coffee.
The old life taught us how to pack. We know what is needed. Goahte tents are still used for a few weeks every year, depending on where the reindeer are, or perhaps where the fish or moose are. Perhaps we still use the same hearth we have used for generations. We teach our children how to live in goahte tent. No playing with fire, do not leave anything behind.
For us who have had a permanent dwelling and a smallholding with livestock, the home has also changed. The meadows where we made hay are becoming overgrown, although we use the same hunting grounds and fishing waters. Some trails are slowly disappearing, while others we keep open and walk on year after year.
In Laponia your home is wherever you live, no matter how long for. Where our home is depends on what season it is and where we need to be. Where the reindeer are, or where the fish are. Wherever we will be hunting or picking berries.
One of the reasons why Laponia was designated a World Heritage Site is that we have always migrated here. And still do. Even though we are always at home.