Petsamo Life

My Saami grandmother

My father recorded some audio tapes of his life in Lapland. Here are some .mp3 file excerpts from those tapes. I am also working on a translation of his stories. Many thanks to my brother Asko, for preserving the tapes, and to my nephew Rainer, for converting them to digital format. Aiti in Norway.mp3 These… Continue reading Petsamo Life

Saami Heritage

Salomon Halonen

My grandmother was Marja (Maria) Dahl, a Saami, born in Vesisaari,Vadsà in northern Norway, near the Anni Joki on August 4, 1870. Her parents moved to Petsamo when she was a baby. There were 3 other Sami families living in Petsamo at the time. Matti Pankko, Piera Hans and Marjapik Mari Larsen. Her parents died… Continue reading Saami Heritage

Sami Felt Art

Sami Noaidi Felt Art

These hand felted art pictures are based on some of the ancient rock art of my ancestors, the Saami people. Some of these carvings date back almost 5000 years. The northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia were inhabited by the Sami people. The images depict scenes from their daily life: tents and villages,… Continue reading Sami Felt Art