The studied landscape extends from the northern side of the Pite River toward the northeast and encompasses a variety of topographical features, including the granitoid massif of Gajsajs (1046 m) in the west and the western slopes of the Arvesduoddar Mountains in the east.
Between 1700 and 1800, the study region encompassed several taxation lands, of which Madme, Arvas, and Siebmer, situated on the north side of the Pite River, are considered in most detail here (Fig.
The taxation land was larger at that time, also encompassing forest land on the south side of the Pite River, which accords with previous studies showing that there were fewer (and thus larger) taxation lands during the 17th century (Hultblad, 1968:89-90; Skold, 1992:130-131).
In the mid-19th century, one of Henrik Anderson's descendents acquired property rights to a smaller part of the taxation land, named Ahkabaktte, and an additional piece of land farther up the Pite River (Fig.
2], but unlike the other two taxation lands, it did not border the Pite River.
Within a Sami village community, there were also areas for common use, and in this study region, one such area was positioned along the southern part of the Pite River on the south side (Fig.
The people inhabiting Arvas had no access to the Pite River, which was important for fishing.
Throughout the Pite River valley, as well as in the regions north and south of this area, many taxation lands were either deserted or transformed into agricultural properties (like Madme) during the late 20th century.