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SATURDAY

It takes a special kind of fortitude to live in the frozen North. One could call it stubbornness. But if you live in subarctic areas, it probably means that, for whatever reason, generations of your family decided not to migrate to warmer climes. Not that, at least from a comfortable, 60-degree October distance, there isn’t something romantic about living in the polar region. But shit, it’s gotta get old. Still, members of the Saami nation have called portions of upper Scandinavia home for as many as 10,000 years. That’s a lot of not moving. How do they tough it out, you ask? Well, that’s something like 500 generations of skin thickening. Um, it could also have something to do with the traditional belief that Saamis descended directly from the sun. Harald Gaski, Ande Somby, and Noel Broadbent lead an illustrated lecture on the history of the Saami people at 1 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $40. (202) 357-3030. (Mike Kanin)