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 Holmengrå laksefiskevær

Holmengrå laksefiskevær ( Holmengrå Fishing Hamlet)
Address: Sør-Varanger
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Construction System /
Wood; rock; turf; roofing felt
Building Type: Facilities for salmon fishermen; fishermens cabins; smoker; drying rack; labyrinth; storage shed; goahti
Year of Construction: 1880-1970
Holmengrå Fishing Hamlet is a small settlement used during the summer salmon seine fishing season. Situated on a small and fairly level, but rocky, peninsula at the north side of the fjord Holmengråfjorden it is surrounded by sea on three sides and a mountain side on the fourth. The land is dominated by cobbles, small boulders, rock outcrops and low growing vegetation such as grass, heather and scrub. The freshwater supply is from a small brook and a spring. There is no road access and the landing conditions can be difficult.

Holmengrå is the hamlet's current name, but being in a trilingual area, that is Norwegian, Sámi and Kven (the language of the descendants of Finnish immigrants), it has and has had many names. The previous Norwegian name was "Ytterhamna", the outer harbour. Its Sámi name is "Ruksevuodna" and in Kven "Punanenvuono", and both mean red fjord. Different places within the hamlet have names in both Kven and Norwegian such as "Øverberget", "Nerberget", "Kairo", "Paskori" and "Dagamohka". The land belongs to the Norwegian government and is managed by its agency Finnmarkseiendommen. The allocation of salmon fishing locations and rights follows strict rules.

The hamlet consists of many small buildings and installations where people are housed, tools stored as well as fish, nets and seines dried. In 1998 Holmengrå was given protected status in accordance with the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act.
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 18.05.2009
Author: I.H.U.
Photographer: I.H.U.

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