In the Northern regions of Sweden, Norway and Finland live the Sami. The Sami are a very traditional people and are the only people in the Nordic region who are allowed to herd the reindeer. They have their own language which is endangered and which, quite unsurprisingly, I’d quite like to learn!
A joik is a traditional form of song, used by the Sami. It is often without lyrics and is a strong form of Sami cultural expression. Joiks can be for a person or a place, an animal or a plant. Interestingly these joiks are used to reflect the person or place, that is to say, they are not about the person but they sort of are the person. I read online that it is the same concept as when you are painting. You do not paint a picture about someone, you paint a picture of someone and it is the same concept when it comes to joiking.
Joiking is still used today and I’d like to show you an example of this in a song sung by a Swedish lady called Sofia Jannok. She has a very pretty voice and I recommend looking out for her other songs. I’m also glad to show you this song, since the video contains such beautiful, Scandinavian scenery: