Sami people maintain their identity by maintaining the use of their language, many people still wear traditional and embroidered blue, and red felt the clothing. They also have their own national anthem, flag, radio station, and representatives in the Norwegian parliament (Lucas 9). Their exclusive culture and isolation imply that they have been politically and historically marginalized. Sami culture is becoming more westernized since they are integrating more technology into their lifestyles.
Chapter three of reading and films address how the Sami language has transformed over the past centuries. The original Sami language is spoken Hawaiian or olelo. This expressive language comprises of the vocabulary of about twenty-five thousand words (Irimoto & Yamada 361). However, Hawaii became a bilingual as compared to other European nations two years after the arrival of missionaries. Current statistics indicate that Hawaiian second-language speakers are more than native Hawaiian speakers are (NeSmith 4). This implies that the spoken olelo is on the verge of extinction. Therefore, there are some key strategies the Sami people are implementing to retain their language. One of these strategies includes the use of Hawaiian language in sports as the films indicate. Sports have proven to be significant social places for the young Sami people to interact and learn their original language. These sports include ‘ Aha’ I olelo ola, Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Anuenue Football, and Wai ‘ Awa’awa (Irimoto & Yamada 365). Therefore, such activities are highly anticipated to reclaim and maintain Sami’s traditional culture and language.