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Sami lavvu structures, Finnmark, Norway © Céleste Manet/plainpicture
It’s not a tipi, it’s a lavvu. We’re in Sami country here in Finnmark, Norway, and these temporary dwellings were used by the indigenous Sami people as they followed their reindeer herds across northern Scandinavia. The design has made its way into other symbols of the Sami culture, including the coat of arms for the municipality of Kautokeino and the design of the Sami Parliament building in Karasjok, Norway.