Food can be about more than taste, it can be about the gathering and that when you ‘spend a lot of time in Nature you have another relationship with it’. In this episode we learn much, especially about the uses of Arctic plants, from a joyous conversation with Eva Gunnare, who has made her home in Jokkmokk, a place that is the heart of indigenous Sami culture in Sweden.
Unlike may of us, the Sami have had a different connection to the land: they use it but do not own it and work together to make a living. Indigenous peoples can have deep-rooted traditions of using plants for medicine and food - a tradition where the difference between survival food and base food is knowledge, knowledge that can be lost but can also be kept alive.
Eva guides tours and gives ‘taste performances’ and you can find out more at her website. Eva's 'Rose' song:
"My rose, my lily, I would like to share every day of my life with you. When I have become gray, I have spent every day of my life with you".A love song that I usually dedicate my life in Jokkmokk with plants, people, forests and all.
INTRODUCTORY MUSIC BY EVA GUNNARE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USED BY KIND PERMISSION OF THE ARTIST
All other music by Colin Williams
Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:
Padjelanta National Park
Goahti turf hut
Noiadi / Shaman