Anthropology Magazine

The Spring a Time for Calving and Cleaving
  • Poetry

    Two people wearing dark clothing hold a green tarp and separate a herd of black, grey, and white reindeer. Snow covers the landscape behind them.

    The Spring a Time for Calving and Cleaving

    A poet-anthropologist joins Sámi reindeer herders in Norway who are preparing for the spring migration. As an outsider, he feels a longing to connect, even as he remains “outside the fences.”

  • Poetry

    Sámi reindeer herders

    Yoik

    Like smoky spirals, two cultures weave together in a SAPIENS contest-winning poem by an anthropologist who worked with Sámi reindeer herders in the Arctic Circle.