Before Sweden existed, there were the Saami people. They are at the cultural and historical foundation of everything Swedish. However, that is not always apparent. In many ways, they are an invisible and disrespected people—especially the Saami of southern Sweden.
Badin and the Secret of the Saami is an 18th century historical fiction graphic novel about those people, and a little Afroswedish boy who joins them on a quest to save the future of humanity.
Afroswedes and immigrants are also very much an invisible people in Sweden as well.
Badin—also known in 18th century Swedish history as a noble named Adolf Ludvig Gustav Fredrik Albert Badin, né Couchi—stars in the graphic novel with a South Saami man named Gaaktu.
Gaaktu is the leader of a fictional 18th century South Saami community in the graphic novel. Over the next 11 months, Mr. Peter Ericson’s South Saami History blog will feature diary entries from Gaaktu. Each diary entry is about his life before the events in the graphic novel. All of the diary entries take place in Sweden between May 1, 1761 and May 1, 1762.
Although Gaaktu and his community are fictional, the diary entries contain educational and enlightening facts about general Saami history and culture.
Visit http://badinsecret.com/ for more information about Badin and the Secret of the Saami. Readers can also follow the diaries of other characters on this Facebook page or their Twitter accounts through http://www.badinsecret.com/characters.html