Gaaktu on the Hunt

Gaaktu’s Dagbok May 27, 1761

As Nunná’s bowstring stretched as far as it could, I heard the distant knocking of a woodpecker on a tree. All of a sudden…

The deafening crackle of thunder boomed and the beaver slipped back under the water.

The rings on top of the pond became wider as the rain began to fall more heavily.

View of pond where we were hunting:

Iđga, Nunná and I returned home as a heavy drizzle continued. No beaver. Only a few birds we snared earlier.

Noadi said the pond and the thunder conspired against us because we really did not need the beaver pelt. In my heart, I disagreed.

We were just too slow because we were scared of a bear that probably did not exist.

Later that evening, Noadi said another hunting party not far from the beaver pond found a bear den.

It made me think that our suspicions were correct after all.

After calling on the Gods with his drum, he received the inspiration to send us on a bear hunt early tomorrow morning.

Gaaktu is the leader of a fictional 18th century South Saami community featured in the forthcoming graphic novel Badin and the Secret of the Saami.

This 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.

Visit for more information about Badin and the Secret of the Saami. Follow the diaries of other characters on this Facebook page or their Twitter accounts through

Special thanks: Sámi Religious Traditions at University of Texas and Peter Ericson of South Sami History



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