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  • Johan Wildhagen / Visit Norway

Joik

Joik is the traditional Sami chant. This vocal and musical form of expression is one of the oldest Sami traditions. Joik conveys feelings of people, animals or places. Most joiks of the Sami living in northern areas are personal i.e. they belong to one person. The sound image of a joik may vary with the person’s character and state of mind. Recent years have seen the renaissance of joik with audio effects and elements of other music genres are often being incorporated in this Sami form of expression.