Health culture within the context of the Northern environment
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Original versionTervo, H., Müller-Ville, L. & Nikkonen, M. (2003) Health culture within the context of the northern environment. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 62(2), s. 167-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v62i2.17556
Objectives: this article is part of an ethnographic study that aims to describe and understand health as a phenomenon of the Sami culture. Study Design: the article is based on literature concerning the northern environment and the Sami culture, which is analysed from the point of view of health culture. Results: from the point of view of health culture, life in the northern regions requires adaptation to certain special features of the climate and the natural environment. Nature is also a versatile source of health care, healing and traditions. Particularly in the late 1990’s, the northern environment and the Sami lifestyle were profoundly affected by changes in the sources of income caused by modernisation and the adaptation of traditional Sami livelihoods to governmental regulations. The current Sami values and beliefs are multilayered factors affecting health culture. The social growth milieu of Sami children as a source of health culture has changed over the generations. The key elements affecting the growth milieu have changed over time, due to the attitude of the government towards the Sami culture and the consequent changes and actions of society.
Artikkel basert på etnografisk studie med formål å beskrive og forstå helse som fenomen i samisk kultur.