The light of dawn and birds singing heralded the beginning of our bear hunt.
Following tradition, Juŋkil led us down the path toward the den.
The quiet knocking of the ring at the tip of the ceremonial staff in his hand was distinct.
As we walked, I found the sound rather delightful.
Nåejtie told us that the staff was whispering the language of the birds–but with an accent.
I think the accent part was amended to tradition by him.
At times, he reveals a subtle sense of humor to distract us from the serious demeanor of his facial features.
Then I remembered that I was annoyed with Nåejtie.
He denied my request to use a rifle for the hunt.
The Swedes have permitted us to use rifles at this time of year, along with other Saami.
However, Nåejtie firmly upholds the old way of doing things.
He also did not want to make the Swedish officials think we need them for anything.
But as leader of a small community with a heritage and language unique to this part of the land, I have begun to question that belief.
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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Mr. Peter Ericson May 25th, 2016 online chat conversation. Mr. Ericson writes about Saami history at https://southsaamihistory.wordpress.com/
University of Texas: https://www.laits.utexas.edu/sami/diehtu/siida/religion/bear.htm