Ellen Marie Vars
Ellen Marie Vars is a Norwegian Sami writer. She was born in Kautokeino, she made her literary debut in 1986 with the youth novel Kátjá, which came to be among the most read Sami books in Norway. Her novel Čábbámus iđitguovssu earned her the Saami Council's literary prize in 2005. Čábbámus iđitguovssu has been translated into English as The most beautiful dawn, illustrated by Trygve Lund Guttormsen
Jan Egil Brekke
Jan Egil Brekke is a Norwegian football midfielder who plays for Alta IF. He has played in the Norwegian Premier League for FK Bodø/Glimt and Tromsø IL, he grew up in Karasjok, is the brother of fellow footballer Leif Arne Brekke. He has played for the Sápmi national football team. Jan Egil Brekke at National-Football-Teams.com
Samuel Johannesen Balto was a Norwegian–Sami explorer and adventurer. Balto skied with Fridtjof Nansen across Greenland in 1888–89. Samuel Johannesen Balto was born in Karasjok in Norway, he had worked as a lumberjack, as well as in reindeer fishing. In 1888, Balto was recruited by Fridtjof Nansen for Nansen's Trans-Greenland Expedition. Balto participated in the first recorded crossing of the interior of Greenland, together with Nansen and four other expedition members. Balto wrote his own book after the expedition: Med Nansen over Grønlandsisen i 1888 – Min reise fra Sameland til Grønland. In 1898, Balto signed a two-year contract as a reindeer herder. In 1900, he led a large group of Sami hired as reindeer herdsmen during the Lapland-Yukon Relief Expedition known as the Manitoba Expedition. Samuel Balto, together with 113 other people from Finnmark were hired by Sheldon Jackson to be involved in the introduction of reindeer in Alaska. Jackson promoted a plan to import reindeer from Russia to introduce reindeer husbandry to the Inupiaq as a solution to their loss of subsistence resources.
The group was responsible for transporting goods and mail from Nome, Alaska, to gold mining workers up the Yukon River valley in the central parts of Alaska. Samuel Balto became a gold miner at Nome, during the Klondike Gold Rush. Balto staked three claims at a site which became known as Balto Creek. Samuel Johannesen Balto died in 1921 in Karasjok. Balto, the Alaskan sled dog made famous during the 1925 serum run to Nome, which transported diphtheria medication across the U. S. territory of Alaska to combat an epidemic, was named in memory of Samuel Balto. Balto, namesake Jason Jackson, Sheldon Alaska and Missions on the north Pacific Coast Nansen, Fridtjof The First Crossing of Greenland Salisbury, Gay. Samuel Johannesen Balto Image of Samuel Balto
Monika Ulrika Ann-Helén Laestadius is a Swedish Sami journalist and writer. In 2016, her novel Tio över ett won the Swedish August Prize as the best submission in the children and young adult category. Born on 3 December 1971 in Jukkasjärvi in the far north of Swedien, Monika Ulrika Ann-Helén Laestadius is the daughter of the municipal employee Ivar Jan-Erik Laestadius and his wife Ellen Sara Kristina née Marainen, a shop assistant. Now living in Solna near Stockholm, she has worked as a journalist since 1990. In 2007, she published her first children's novel, Sms från Soppero, it was followed by five others. Her Tio óver ett won the August Prize for Swedish children's literature in 2016; the jury commented: “It is about the collective grief of a changing community, about civil society and local politics, about love and friendship. In energetic prose, Laestadius intertwines place and psychology.” She was awarded the Norrland Literature Prize for the same work in 2017. Ann-Helén's page at Författarcentrum in Swedish
Mari Boine known as Mari Boine Persen, is a Norwegian Sami musician known for having added jazz and rock to the yoiks of her native people. Gula Gula was her breakthrough release, she continued to record popular albums throughout the 1990s. In 2008, she was appointed Professor of musicology at Nesna University College. Boine was born and raised in Gámehisnjárga, a village on the river Anarjohka in Karasjok municipality in Finnmark, in the far north of Norway. Boine's parents were Sami, they made a living from salmon farming. She grew up steeped in the region's natural environment, but amidst the strict Laestadian Christian movement with discrimination against her people: for example, singing in the traditional Sami joik style was considered "the devil's work"; the local school that Boine attended reflected a different world from her family's. All the teaching was in Norwegian; as Boine grew up, she started to rebel against the prejudiced attitude of being an inferior "Lappish" woman in Norwegian society.
For instance, the booklet accompanying the CD'Leahkastin' is illustrated with photographs with racist captions like "Lapps report for anthropological measurement", "Typical female Lapp", "A well-nourished Lapp". When Boine's album Gula Gula was first released on Peter Gabriel's RealWorld label in July 1990, its front cover showed an iconic image of the tundra of the far north, the eye of a snowy owl; the front cover curiously did not show the name of the album, or the name or face of Mari Boine herself. On the 2007 release on her own Lean label, the album cover explicitly names Mari Boine with her Sami surname, shows her in full Sami costume as a shamanistic dancer of her own people, while the white background, like the snowy owl of the original release, hints at the snows of the north. Boine was asked to perform at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, but refused because she perceived the invitation as an attempt to bring a token minority to the ceremonies. Boine's songs are rooted in her experience of being in a despised minority.
For example, the song'Oppskrift for Herrefolk' on her breakthrough CD'Gula Gula', sung in Norwegian unlike the rest of the songs which are in Sami, speaks directly of'discrimination and hate', recommends ways of oppressing a minority: "Use bible and booze and bayonet". Boine's other songs are more positive singing of the beauty and wildness of Sapmi; the title track of'Gula Gula' asks the listener to remember'that the earth is our mother'. Boine sings in a traditional folk style, using the yodelling'yoik' voice, with a range of accompanying instruments and percussion. For example, on'Gula Gula' the instruments used are drum, electric bass clarinet, dozo n'koni, claypot, tambourine, seed rattles, clarinet, frame drum, drone drum, hammered dulcimer, overtone flute, bass, quena and antara. Rootsworld, interviewing Boine in 2002, described her as "an unofficial Sami cultural ambassador"; the Guardian, in its 2010 F&M playlist of songs "they just can't turn off", describes My Friend of Angel Tribe with the words "Norwegian Sami singer Boine, with this soft and utterly mesmerising song."Johnny Loftus, reviewing Boine's Eight Seasons, wrote that "Boine seems to have been inspired, collaborating with producer Bugge Wesseltoft for a collection of pieces weaving her alternately supple and intimate and otherworldly vocals into moody arrangements tinged with jazz influence and electronic programming."
While there was a degree of cliché in that, wrote Loftus, it worked well, concluding: "Boine's voice, filtered at first behind the halting notes of a guitar, builds in strength over the brooding electronic rhythm, until her Joik overtakes the electronics becoming responsible for the song's deep, chilly atmosphere. Let's see a keyboard's hard drive do that." In 2003, Boine was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize. She was appointed knight, first class in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for her artistic diversity on 18 September 2009. On 7 October 2012, Boine was appointed as a "statsstipendiat", an artist with national funding, the highest honour that can be bestowed upon any artist in Norway. Boine has received other awards as follows: See the woman Today starts now Chasing myself into reality See the woman Some sai I got Devil Happily after 2-4-6-7-8-9 in one Yes Teepee rom This is my heart Twin soul Adine & Isak - My treasures Crowded streets of blueGilve gollát – Sow Your Gold Live album, Mari Boine featuring Norwegian Radio OrchestraTrilobihta lávlla Gula Gula Goaskinviellja Dutnje Jearrat biekkas Boađan nuppi bealde Beaivelottáš Elle Mu váibmu vádjul doppe Gilvve gollát Alla Hearrá guhkkin Osllos – Høye Herre langt der nede i OsloČuovgga Áirras / Sterna Paradisea Lene Májjá Ipmiliin hálešteapmi Soagŋosilbbat Soria Moria Palássa Čuovgga áirras Claudiinna lávlla Skealbma Iđitveiggodettin De mana, ráhkásan Lihkahusat Go idja nuossala Kaut
Morten Gamst Pedersen
Morten Gamst Pedersen is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Norwegian club Tromsø, the club with which he began his career. He began his career with Tromsø played for English side Blackburn Rovers between 2004 and 2013, he played for the Turkish side Karabükspor. Gamst Pedersen signed with Rosenborg in March 2014. In February 2016, Gamst Pedersen signed for Tromsø on a 1-year contract. Since he made his debut in 2004, Pedersen has been capped more than 80 times, scored 17 goals, for Norway, he was an international regular until August 2012. Pedersen was born in Finnmark, he had his breakthrough in the Norwegian Premier League club Tromsø, scoring 7 goals in the 2004 season, before he signed with Blackburn with only half a season played by August. The fee was £ 1.5 million. Gamst was required to fill the gap left by Damien Duff. Pedersen was signed by former Blackburn boss Graeme Souness back in 2004, just in time for the 2004–05 season; the Norwegian international made his Premier League debut in a 1–1 draw against local rivals Manchester United on 28 August 2004, a match Blackburn were leading until deep into injury time.
He struggled to make an impact in the Premier League and had lengthy period of not being selected after Souness was replaced by Mark Hughes as the Blackburn manager in September 2004. However, he started the year of 2005 in style, scoring against Cardiff City on his return to side and going on to score three goals in his next three matches. In his first season in English football he featured in 27 matches and scored 8 goals in all competitions. 2005–06 saw Pedersen make the left-midfield position his own and he has become well known for scoring many spectacular goals, such as a volley against Fulham in August 2005 which won BBC Match of the Day's Goal of the Month. The highlight of his Blackburn career came in September 2005, when he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford. During the 2006–07 season, Pedersen struggled for form during the early half of the league season, but returned to form in the second half of the campaign. With new management under Paul Ince in 2008, Pedersen found himself in and out of the team, but when Ince was dismissed in December 2008 and Sam Allardyce was appointed Pedersen regained a regular starting position.
He has been used a central attacking midfielder under Allardyce with great success. On 17 April 2010, was poked in the cheek and the eye from Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta, who acted angrily after Pedersen had tackled him in a challenge, they both were booked for stopping play. After a year of transfer negotiations, Blackburn announced that Pedersen had signed a new four-year deal at Ewood Park on 19 May 2010, which would see him stay contracted until the summer of 2014, he went on to make more than 30 appearances for them, scored three goals in the 2009–10 Premier League campaign, in which Blackburn finished 10th, achieving 50 points and winning 10 league games at home and three away. Blackburn chairman, John Williams, who completed the formalities of the deal, added: "Sam made this, together with finding a striker, being our summer priority. "He regards Morten as a key member of the Rovers squad and his future at Ewood Park is now secure." On 6 November 2010, he scored a 40-yard free-kick against Wigan Athletic, in a 2–1 victory at Ewood Park, playing the full 90 minutes.
And four days on 10 November, he netted against Newcastle United at St James' Park, scoring in the third minute with his right foot following an assist from teammate Brett Emerton and he took a punch to the stomach by Joey Barton. This was coincidentally his 40th goal for the club in all competitions. On 21 November, in the game against Aston Villa, he scored twice at Ewood Park. First, from a free kick on the stroke of half time and the second came from a deflection off Ryan Nelsen's shot in the 66th minute. Rovers went on to win the game 2–0. At the end of the 2010–11 season, he had made 39 appearances and scored four league goals for Rovers in all competitions. On 13 August 2011, Pedersen started against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ewood Park in a 2–1 defeat in their opening 2011–12 Premier League fixture. On 20 August 2011, he started against Aston Villa in a 3–1 defeat at Villa Park and scored Rovers' only goal in the 52nd minute. On 24 August 2011, Pedersen captained Blackburn in their 3–1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park in the second round of the League Cup.
Three days in a league game with Everton at Ewood Park, he suffered a thigh injury in a 1–0 loss. Gamst Pedersen was told in August 2013 by Blackburn Rovers that he was allowed to find himself a new club. Berlingske Tidende reported that Gamst Pedersen was in talks with FC Copenhagen, but after the Norwegian Ståle Solbakken was hired as manager of the Danish side, he stated that he did not want to sign Gamst Pedersen. On 30 August 2013 he joined the Turkish side Karabükspor on a free transfer, after he had made 288 league appearances for the Ewood Park outfit. Gamst Pedersen scored two goals in his debut for Norway against Northern Ireland on 18 February 2004. On 2 September 2006, in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Hungary, whose favourite player as a kid was Marco van Basten, scored a goal, similar to van Basten's famous goal in the final of the 1988 European Football Championship. Major newspapers Aftenposten, Dagbladet and VG all dubbed him van Gamsten as a result of the goal. After the match against Hungary, he received the coveted Golden Watch award given to him by the Football Association of Norway on the occasion