Gaaktu’s Dagbok June 10, 1761
“Would any of you hunt a man who possessed knowledge upon which the lives of your great-grandchildren depended?”
I sat with the hunting party in Nåejtie’s earthen gåetie, dumbfounded. His eyes laid bare into ours.
Juŋkil, the hunter who first found the bear den looked down. Humiliated.
“Answer me!” Nåejtie barked.
His wife appeared behind us, moved to the fire and began placing elderberry bark shavings in a pot of water.
His granddaughter followed her in. She then turned and looked at us with her finger near her mouth.
I wondered if she knew what was expected of her when we returned with the bear.
Nåetie demanded an answer and as the leader, I felt compelled to answer truthfully: “No, I would never hunt such a man.”
He moved locks of long hair away from his bony cheek and smiled. Then he cast a glance at his curious granddaughter. Then back at me.
“Really?” He whispered, while grinning. I wished I had not answered him.
“That is who you are in preparation to go hunting for today.”
This is an historical fiction account by the character with the same name who stars in the graphic novel Badin and the Secret of the Saami. These diary entries are about their lives leading up to the events in the graphic novel. All of the diary entries take place in Sweden between May 1, 1761 and May 1, 1762. The events of the graphic novel take place after that time period.
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Special thanks: Sámi Religious Traditions at University of Texas and Wikipedia.