51 Skolt Sámi families were forced to resettle here after their home was signed over to Russia at the end of the 1940s. She'd pull her grandmother around on a sled attached to the back of a snowmobile. Up and over and down and back they'd loop to her house, which Domna no longer recognized. "Here you are! Home!" Natalia would cheerfully announce and grandma would thank her for returning her to the lost arm.
Our dinner trout, with flesh as pink as salmon, was caught in an undisclosed location. There is an unspoken Skolt Sámi law that if you have a building on a lake, that body of water is 'yours.' But, still, you don't want everyone knowing that your lake is stocked with big, beautiful trout. "It is a well kept secret," Natalia told us.