vuollegaš

čájehit

vuollegašvuođa

gudnejahttima

čájehit

EALLIMII

LUNDUI

gudnejahttima

*

humble

show 

humility

respect

show

respect 

FOR LIFE

NATURE

From Eanni, eannážan The Earth, My Mother, DAT 2017. Translated by Lars Nordström, Harald Gaski and Ralph Salisbury

ja áiggit mannet

 olmmošbuolvvat, álbmogatnai

 

                   inge imaštala jus jearat,

                                     in,

                                                       jus oainnát sevdnjes suoivvaniid

 

ale bala unna vieljaš

                                     bala baicca

jus boahtá áigi

ahte dákkár gažaldagat 

eai oba bohčásivččege olbmo millii 

ahte olmmoš vajálduhtášii ahte lea oassi 

dušše oassi

                   luonddus

                          eallimis

 

                                                       dušše…

*

and time pass

 generations, peoples too

 

                   and I do not marvel if you should ask

                                     no!

                                                       if you should see dark shadows

 

do not be afraid little brother

                                     fear rather

that there will come a time

when such questions do not

even crop up in thoughts

if people forget that

we are a part

                   of nature

                          of live

 

                                                       but…

From Ritnoaivi ja nieguid oaidni. Noh teaterčájálmas-teaksta , The Frost-haired and the Dream-seer, DAT 2020. Translated by Roy Eriksen and Harald Gaski

The Lásságámmi Foundation
Lásságámmi was Nils-Aslak Valkeapää’s own name for the house he had built on the lot he got as a fiftieth birthday present from Storfjord municipality. The lot lies on a sloping rock, and the house was intended to resemble a large turf hut – hence, the name that literally translated means “the sloping rock turf hut.” Lásságámmi is also the name of the foundation that administers the rights to his creative output. The foundation was established in 2004 and is owned by the Sámi Parliament in Norway, Storfjord municipality, the county of Troms and the University of Tromsø.
The foundation’s purpose is to administer the legacy of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää in the spirit and philosophy that comes to light in his works and publications. When Nils-Aslak died, the county of Troms and the Norwegian Ministry of Culture provided the means for the newly established foundation to buy Lásságámmi, and begin the work of turning it into a residence for researchers and artists. The foundation manages the rights to Valkeapää’s artistic production. By allowing selected persons to live and work on their own art and research projects in Nils-Aslak’s house, the foundation wants to encourage the occupants to carry on in their professional and artistic development. The dwelling is in principle kept as Nils-Aslak Valkeapää left it. In between these periods, the house will be open for visits by the public at specific times.
https://www.lassagammi.no/

Text: Harald Gaski