Tales of a Sámi
The Sámi people are known for passing on the knowledge of their history through oral story telling. They would each share their stories and life adventures as they gathered together in their tents or turf huts to share an evening meal.
I have many memories of my father telling me his stories as I was growing up. He was a commercial fisherman on the west coast of Canada. On weekends, I would spend my days in his boathouse, as he repaired his nets. And there was always a story or 2 to listen to as we drank his boiled coffee and enjoyed my mother’s baking. The stories ranged from his early days growing up in Sápmi to his days in the merchant marines, and to his fishing adventures on the west coast.
My father was a great storyteller. He recorded the stories of his life onto cassette tapes and gave them to me a few months before he passed away. He asked me to pass his life stories on so that others would know what life was like in Lapland (Sápmi) where he grew up.
I am now transcribing these tapes and will make them available on my YouTube channel.
Each story is told by my father – Salomon Halonen, recorded in his voice in the Finnish language.
I have translated his words into English. On YouTube the translations will be available in English by clicking on the CC – Closed Captions setting. I am also adding translations into other languages. This is done by YouTube – so if there are any grammatical errors please let me know and I will do my best to correct them.
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Kiitos – Thank you – Päivi
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