MINT Screening: Aatsinki, the Story of Arctic Cowboys @ Yellowstone Art Museum

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys.

Directed by Jessica Oreck.

Documentary | 90 minutes.

Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness. These men are what John Wayne wanted to be. The brothers, along with their wives and children, live well north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, where they are the leaders of a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland.


Though on the surface, Aatsinki is the story of a single family, its underlying narrative is one of global consequences and connections. Between their uncanny understanding of the landscape and their reindeer on the one hand, and their heavy reliance on snowmobiles and helicopters on the other, the herders have been categorized as beacons of sustainability and demons of environmentalism – in essence, poster children for simplicity and technology alike. Their story raises weighty questions about what it means to live with the land and invites audience members to reconsider their own assumptions about technology, food production, and, most critically, man’s place in nature.

“This challenging and mesmerizing documentary captures horror and joy with the same gorgeous dispassion.” —New York Times


Event Time: 6pm - 8pm

Dates and Times

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM