Kulning is the word for the ancient Swedish women used as a herding call for the Reindeer Clans, that has its roots in shamanic cultures. Jonna Jinton shows us how its done with her strong voice.
Kulning or herding calls (called kauking and kaukning in some parts of Norway, in the province of Dalarna in Sweden and the former Norwegian provinces in Sweden, Jämtland and Härjedalen, a domestic Scandinavian folk music form, often used to call livestock (cows, goats, etc.) down from high mountain pastures where they have been grazing during the day. But before livestock it was shaman female’s gift to call forth an animal, avian or reindeer or to let wolves and bears know that she is close.
The song form is often used by women, as they were the ones tending the herds and flocks in the high mountain pastures, and were the shamans connected to the spirit and souls animals and avian of prehistory – just like the Ural Mountain regions with prehistoric origins.