The Southern Saami Languages’s ”proto-varieties” arrived Central Sweden (2-300 AD?) from South-East, and …


Minerva Piha, Turku (Åbo) University.
Turun Yliopisto.

Minerva Piha and the other (mainly) Finnish scholars

You might want to recall and learn Minerva Piha‘s name.

She is the latest in a increasing line of solid scholars which now all state that the Proto-Sámi and early Sámi language varieties did develop in Central Lakeland Finland. Furthermore she is one of the first ever to fulfill the synthesises of linguists M. Heikkilä and A. Aikio about a vast iron age Saami distribution in South-Western (of what is today) Finland and on Åland (Fi. Ahvenmaa).
The conclusion is unambigous on this: The Southern Sámi language varieties arrived to what is present-day Sweden via Åland – and perhaps also via other trans-Bothnic or trans-Baltic routes. We will return to this field in articles, blog posts, webinars and lectures. We will then always return to the discussion around ethnicity.
Please do note that the entity of ethnicity and that of language not always are mutually  synonymous. Findings from 400-1000 AD in hunting-foraging districts in Central Sweden and Southern Norrland speaks a language – hitherto unknown for us – about ethnic markers and signals, in unexpected combinations.
The Dalecarlia and Härjedalen Sámis seem to have been running small cattle and they were at least semi-sedentary. Early Jämtland Saamis had small reindeer herds and some of the groups were very skilled in manufacturing iron out of mires.
We see early divisions of Sámi groups and/or sijths all the way from Finland’s AD 200-300. Earlier proto-Uralic or proto-FennoUgric is another story.

What we so far do not know is this: did (proto-)Southern Sámi got distributed by actual people, by dominance or a little bit of both?

Iron age Sweden seem to have been dwelling several languages, hitherto less known ethnic substrate groups and ”proto-folk” as well as a huge and rich variety of subsistence practises, organisation, infrastructures and relations.

LITERATURE
Mikko K. Heikkilä 2014. Bidrag till Fennoskandiens språkliga förhistoria i tid och rum.
Ante Aikio 2012. ”An essay on Saami ethnolinguistic prehistory”.
Minerva Piha 2019 ”Combining Proto-Scandinavian loanword strata in South Saami with the Early Iron Age archaeological material of Jämtland and Dalarna, Sweden” In: Finnisch-Ugrische Forschungen (64) (Helsingfors 2019). PDF:
https://journal.fi/fuf/article/view/66694/40363
Lars-Gunnar Larsson 2018. Petrus Holmberger och sockenlapparnas språk.

Sami Noaide and drum - Lappland Sweden ca. 1700 (saamiblog) Tags: worshipping religious worship god sweden drum lapland sverige thor galle thora galli tromme pagan sami galles saami samisk thoron horagalles rumbu noaide gievri gievrie dahlbergh shamanlappland govadas scheff


			

Över is och vatten? Ny forskning om SYDSAMISKA SPRÅKENS* FÖRFLYTTNING 300 – 600 AD.

Eller Varifrån kom de sydsamiska språken * ? Och hur nådde de Saepmie?

Några rader till bidrag till kunskapen om fennoskandisk språkmigration
(artikelserien publiceras i sammanfogad form i Saepmie Times ** 2020!)

Kom flera av de samiska språkvarieterna från söder och sydost, och isåfall vilka av varieteterna? Här en inledande diskussion om förutsättningarna, en diskussion som kommer att fortsätta i åtminstone ytterligare ett par andra uppföljande bloggartiklar.

De senaste fem åren har inneburit ansenliga framsteg för forskningen om samerna och de samiska språkvarieteternas historia. Vi ser lite på forskningsläget; ger min bild.

1. Samiska språk och inmarschvägar
De samiska språkvarieteternas enorma och till synes snabba utbredning västerut (ca 4-600 e.Kr. baserat på A. Aikio [2007 etc] och M. Heikkilä [2014]) är slående.
I hög grad sker enligt dagens finländska konsensusbild de s k inmarscherna via Kvarken och Nordkalotten. En av de möjliga språkhistoriska inmarschvägarna anses gå via dagens Nystad (fi. Uusikaupunki) och Åland under folkvandringstid, merovingingsk och i viss mån vikingatid (eller om man så vill under järnålder). Några fler centrala regioner här är Åbo, Sydösterbotten med orter som Leväluhta, (Dagens) Jakobstad – och på svenska sidan Norrtälje med Östhammar. Saken behöver utredas vidare under kommande år! Den stora ”språk-autostradan” kan också ha gått över Kvarken.
     Ord som gett avtryck är bl a det baltiska salo, ö på flera olika samiska varieteter, i olika varianter av Sålle-, Sollen etc. Avtrycken går in emot Norge och är exempellöst välrepresenterat i Dalarna; men även i Uppland, där det bör undersökas närmre. En lång rad andra ord och företeelser publicerades av Minerva Piha (2018, 2019) vid Åbo universitet. 

Enligt Aikio (”An essay on Saami ethnolinguistic prehistory.” Uleåborg 2016) och Heikkilä (Bidrag till Fennoskandiens språkliga förhistoria i tid och rum. Helsingfors 2014, diss.) ska senast vid pass 5-600 e.Kr sydsamiskan ha anlänt till sina nuvarande platser. Det ska gälla väsentligen även ume– och pitesamiskan; samt – analogt därmed – bör också den av Lars-Gunnar Larsson (2018) utredda s k Holmbergerska samiska språkvarieten inbegripas i just detta sammanhang; även om den synes ha kreoliserats under inte minst 1600- och tidigaste 1700-talet i samband med en hel del nordliga samers flyktande och migrerande söderut.

Under ca halvtannat millennium, ca 300 – 1800 AD hinner sistnämnda språkvarieteten både anlända och dö ut. Sydsamiskan har däremot lyckligtvis revitaliserats; och vi ser små men ändock tydliga tecken på att något liknande kan hända med såväl ume- och pitesamiskan.

Sett i perspektivet av det i omgångar urgamla sambandet mellan nationerna i den fennoskandiska regionen och det gamla stormaktsriket eller storriket/konungariket Sverige, så äger dessa språkmigrationer rum inom ett och samma rike. Möjligen är orsakerna därtill ofta desamma: tryck österifrån. Andra skäl kan vara klimatavvikelsen 535-536 AD, som tillsammans med Klubbekrigetnuijasota (fi.) – torde var de enskilt starkaste skälen för språkmigrationerna ifråga (här mer om 500-talets klimat-dramatik: https://www.historicalclimatology.com/blog/something-cooled-the-world-in-the-sixth-century-what-was-it#). Även om också en fler decennier lång klimatextrem kan vara nog skäl för att också den orsaka en serie händelser som resulterar i ett tryck österifrån.

Mer om inmarschvägar nedan och i kommande avsnitt.

2. Urspråk och ‘protofolk’
Tidigare har någonslags ur-uraliska eller åtminstone proto-östersjöfinska talas vid vårt innahavs stränder. Det bör ha funnits där senast för ca tretusen år sedan, eller under den senare delen av bronsåldern. Förekomsten av en ursamiska är svårare att belägg; även om uppgifter därom poppar upp nu och då. Också ett äldre indoeuropeisktalande  befolkningssubstrat fram till och med senmesolitikum eller äldre bronsålder har varit på tal. De har då gått upp i varandra. Det här blir givetvis utpräglat teoretiskt.

3.  Språklig genès
Som vi har framställt här tidigare här kom den egentligan samiska och den egentliga finskan att skapar ungefär samtidigt på vad som förefaller vara var sin sida om Päijänne i Insjöfinland. Det här sker kring 2-400 e.Kr och något århundrade fram.

4. Dialekternas embryon
Men bildandena av urfinskan och ursamiskan av ca år 300 AD, kommer också de huvudsakliga dialekterna i bägge språken (eller ”språkgrupperna”, vilket man föredrar) att utformas redan i början av det första millenniet AD. Den del som kommer att utvecklas till det vi idag kallas syd- och umesamiskan (samt, av det mesta att döma, även den äldre formen av Holmbergers gästrikesamiska) refereras vanligen till

5. Finländsk konsensus om språklig inmarsch österifrån råder via Piha, Heikkilä, Aikio och undertecknad. Det som återstår nu; är att rekonstruera vinter- eller vattenvägarna och de toponymiska och arkeologiska spåren härav.

6. Måste språket gått med folk så att säga ”på rot”; eller kan det rentav ha varit så, att de södra samerna vid något tillfälle dominerat handel och annat i Bergslagen-Dalarna-södra Norrland, t ex kring 550-700 AD? Denna sista fråga bör man gärna ägna viss eftertanke.

* Här avses pite-, ume-, syd- och gästrikesamiska.
** Beställes via facebooksidan Southsaamihistory eller epost saepmietalks@gmail.com


I kommande del:
Om följande arbete:

”Combining Proto-Scandinavian loanword strata in South Saami with the Early Iron Age archaeological material of Jämtland and Dalarna, Sweden” av Minerva Piha (skriven 2018, tryckt 2019). Källförteckning och om innehållet i påföljande bloggartikel.

 

ANDERS FJELLNER (1795-1876). En av sydsamiskans
allra främsta företrädare. Foto av Lotten von Düben 1871.

 

Bilden kan innehålla: text

Ovan: Bewick’s (1789) släde med sälskinnsöverdrag; sannolikt använd och såld av Jöns Andersson, anställd som sockenlapp i Njutånger (Hälsingland). Senare förd till Northumberland. Publicerad i Consett 1789.

Nedan:  Postbåt i packis av J.A.G Acke 1889.

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WHO PUSHED THE SÁMI ANCESTORS AWAY? – Expulsion, Exodus, Ethnic Cleansing in The Sweden-Finland Kingdom. (1:2) Focus: The East Half of the Kingdom.

Next Time: Old and recent oppression and confusion in Norway and Sweden. Modern warfare and empty laplands. And on Stalin’s terror, and Russian conditions. Also more on Felleslappeloven and international treaties.

Historic Guilt? Who, where, why, how?
On Early Suomi-Sámi History, remarks and notes
which could be of help for every Truth and Reconciliation commission.
– part 1 of 2 –

EDITED Nov 24: One passage on Savo, that would be ”Häme” in a document from 1454; and a crucial (earlier left out) part on Great Nordic War 1714-21.
EDITED Nov 27. Interpretation of Kolske as Arkhangelsk. / PE 

MIGRATION
Forced migrations
1595 the Teusina Peace Treaty (read it here: https://histdoc.net/historia/se/teusina.html)

Sammaledes skole och the Swenske befalningzmänn vthi ingen motte hindre store herrens, zaar och storfurstes, Feodor Iwanowitz, öffwer alt Rysslandh zamoderzetz, zaarske höghetz befalningzmän till at optage skatten vthaf the Lapper, som lyde vnder det Duinske, Kexholmske landh och Kols slott.” and this

Theslikest skole och icke heller den store herrens, zaar (English Czar, current Swedish: Tsar) och storfurste, Feodor Iwanowitz, öffwer alt Ryssland zamoderzetz, zaarske högheetz befalningzmän heller andre hans vndersåter vthi någen motte förhindre wår stormechtigste konungz befalningzmän till att opbäre skatten vthaf Laperne ifrå Österbothnen alt in till Warånger, hwilke tilförende och vthaf ålder vnder Swerigis riike lydt haffwe och deres skatt Swerigis konungh gifwit

Passage 1 speaks about by Russia recently won territories, within which Russia hereby is declared to own the privilege of collecting taxes from: that is the estates (or counties) of Kol, Duinske and Kexholm. A common interpreation of the places mentioned is: Kexholm: Fi. Käkisalmi, Ru. Приозерск, Kar. Karjala in Ladoga, Duinske: area around Lake Onega and Kol: this is Novocholmogory, namely the fortress initiated (ot at least thought to be the first construction start year) 12 years before the Teusina Peace, in 1583… More known to us as Arkhangelsk,
Passage 2 states the old Swedish-Finnish fiscal area, namely Ostrobothnia; which here seems to be understood as the whole of the Northern half of the country. We need to recall that the full extension of the Nordic countries (here: including Russia) not was entirely known by 1595).
What did happen, from what we could conclude, is that 
some of the South-Easternmost Sámi groups, around Lieksa in Kainuu territory were forced to more over to the Russian side, as an effect of Teusina Treaty. This might also have struck the Southern Kainuu, Eastern Ostrobothnian Sámis and most of the remaining Savo as well as Karjala/Karelian Sámi groups. According to tax lengths we do find Sámis as south as Nyslott or Savonlinna as late as back in the 1540s. We also hear about Savo proper Saámis in 1454; and there are areas where these groups seem to have claimed land farther beyound centuries where we usually consider to be in Sámi eras. A problem is the Finnish usage of the term lapp (at least in present- and modern-day history contexts), which might be mildly put confusing for a Swedish Historian.

GUILTY PARTIES: Sweden, Russia (Novgorod) and to some extent Finland.

Great Nordic War – terrible times
Apart from that, 1714-21 as well as for example; the furious Russian attacks on – in a first and worst wave – on what is Finland of today, mad massacres, plundering, foray and in a second wave – burning along practically the Bothnian coastline including also Sweden proper. Indeed it was a frightening, horrendous era;: it drove thousands of Finns from their homes, to be domestic migrants. Here we need to investigate thoroughly how many Sámis that also did migrate.

GUILTY PARTY: Russia.  (Edited/added Nov 24, 2019)

The consequences of the 1323 Peace Treaty of Pähkinälinna, Schlüsselborg or Nöteborg are less known (Шлиссельбург; Sjlisselburg, Schlüsselburg, (Fi.) Pähkinälinna or Lyyssinä); not ought to have led to, eventually or directly migrations; but in deed seen over decades it did.

Earlier in late Nordic Medieval era, Russian ravages seems to have been driven the Sámi groups away from the older habitat: among this one ought to mention the 1200s, coloured by ”Karelian” attacks and ravages in the three Lapplands except Russian Lappland; the late 1400s when the area around present-day’s Oulu became target for numerous attacks and ravages by the PomoresRussians and/or Karelians (probably strengthened by other Fenno-Ugric or Balto-Finnic. Attacking forces during these medieval days most often referred to as Karelians, less often as Biarmians and sometimes, in the traditions seemingly positioned as the Čuds (tjuder in Swedish, Čuovrit in North Saami) – perhaps a scientifically correct ethnonym might be Proto-Karelians?). A striking fact is that the tradition around this hostile people or hords are clearly stronger in Northern Sápmi and almost unheard of in Southern Sápmi.

During the 1200s another attacking force must be included into the equation, namely the Swedish Kingdom! Magnus Birgersson ladulås is, according to several sources, said to have placed an attack towards the Sámi people areas, coordinated and followed by a pacification by the local nobleman Matti Kurkki (medieval form, today Kurki), in Swedish sources called Matthias Kurck. He seems to have been of Savo or Häme origin, most likely a mixture. The Swedish attack seems to have been taking place in the second half of the 1270s; and might be the point from which you can place the intiating era of Swedish-Finnish Colonialism. One cannot really sort out that this tradition – given it actually did take place – to a great extent did aim at Biarmians or the Čuds/(proto-)Karelians. Behind these hostile meaures stood Novgorod (AD 1136-1478), an early great power with a huge appetite for Arctic, Nordic and Siberian indigenous lands: the Uralic speaking knights only executed the dirty work. An interesting observation is that we can also to a vast extent spot traces of which will later become the birkarla (taxation and trading) system; they seem, indeed to have drawn a model from the very early tax faring journeys by the Čuds. This system also tending to be even older than Novgorod itself:
Thus this system kept on going for a period of 650 years or ca. 900-1550. One could even claim the Royal taxation system with its similar roots (many laplands even did get run by Sheriffs who actually were birkarla-men) kept on going for even another 250 years!
Anyhow it looks like what we today refer to as Finnish Sámis in the Northernmost parts, as well as the once within Kemi Lapland and those under Ostrobothnian flag (AD circa 1360-1441 under County Korsholm or Mustasaari) that they eventually enjoyed a period of relative calm and maybe a chance to gather silver via commercial or trade activities like their relatives in the Western areas. Since the raids or ravage attacks most often also aimed at Finnmark, that may be a historical fact we even could state, since they are less heard of in the lion’s share of the 1300s (nevertheless: in the years of 1377 a new attack at what is likely to be interpreted as Oulu – Owla – is performed from Novgorod). And this is also the period when Sámis are, totally, as a collective, guilty of tributing taxes to the King of Sweden-Finland, or the growing great power of Swedish Kingdom; which actually already under Swedish flag from 1561, which actually made the utmost lion’s share of Baltic and Bothnic Sea to a Swedish inland Sea, eventually for some shorter epoque encompassing the whole of the Sea. Nevertheless; there were mostly an uneasy atmosphere in the erämaa east of Kajana castle.

Eric of Pomerania visited Finland (”Eastern part of the Kingdom”) several times and stated anno 1411 that the erämaa belonged to ”the kingdom”, also as distant areas as 200-250 km away from cultivated fields. Only a few years after this, the mass baptism actins in huge water pools took place. At the same time, Novgorod intiated monasteries in Southern- and Easternmost Karelia as well as up in the White Sea.

Finally in this little exposé we should have a look at Russian attacks and ravages in Southern Finland in the 1400s and 1500s. Simultanously, after the Russian annexation of Novgorod in the 1470s new severe attacks did take place in North-East Ostrobothnia. These were the predecessing events which later led to the Teusina Peace Treaty. Many farms and houses were burnt down, and abandoned during these periods. And the reason this is important is that we need to find the main reasons why the Sámi people gradually left Uusimaa and Central parts of Finland, the core area for proto-Sámis or Late Proto Sámis, among Language historians called Lakeland Sámi speakers (Cf. Aikio 2012, Korpela 2014, Heikkilä 2014): those, at this point, seems to be (a) Swedish crusades, (b) Finnish-Swedish settlement movements and early expulsions as well as (c) Novgorod’s attacks and counter attacks aimed at the Swedes, of which 1292 AD Attack at Häme might be the most well-known one (amomng many), and (d) in this Sámi movement’s utmost final stages, Russian ravaging raids along the Uusimaa coast in the 1400s and 1500s. For further reading on Novgorod, see Halperin 1999 (”Novgorodians and the ”Novgorodian Land”. In: Cahiers du monde russe 40/3 [1999] Varia)

GUILTY PARTIES: Sweden, Russia (Novgorod) – to a less extent Finland.

Feodor_I_of_Russia_(parsuna,_1630s,_Moscow_History_museum)
Czar Fiodor I ruled by the time of Teusina Peace Treaty
he lived 1557-1598, reigned from 1584. He was the last
czar of the Ruruk dynasty. Anonymus, 1630s.
COLONIALISM
Classic Colonialism, with driving the indigenous Sámi people away with an expanding settlement movement and cultivation of the ground/thorough modulation of the erämaa, ground for hunting-foraging-fishing that is; as well as the landscape and grazing areas for reindeer pastoralism.
Iron age and 1300s-1700s: well-documented movements i Savo, Häme, Karelia, Kainuu, Ostrobothnia, Kemi or Chimeå Lapland (lappmark in Swedish). Same phenomenon is also registrered by Archaeologist about Southern and Central Karelia already back in the late Iron age or ”prime time” viking age. Some might be the cause along the crusade era in the 11-1200s.

GUILTY PARTIES: Finland, Karelia, Russia, Sweden (I would say – in that order).

Refugee movements, domestical migrative or immigrative: Can be technically – or seemingly – done by free will; but almost without exceptions the trigger factors as well as the basic reasons for commit a refugee or domestic migratory act were to be found in the field of tensions in-between the Great Novgorod, later Russia on one side, and Swedish Kingdom on the other.

Isoviha ja Nuijasota
Among numerous known and indicated such refuge-initiating events we must mention primarily the Huge War, (Sw.) Stora Ofreden (Fi. Isoviha) 1714-21; influencing mainland Finland as well as most coasts and (the older) Civil War Nuijasota (Sw. Klubbekriget) in the 1590s; of which the first encompassed enormous burnings and huge, nightmare-creating (only by reading about them) massacres and the second also did feauture a truly horrifying face, which led thousands of Savo people to flee, migrate over to Sweden and start a new life. This did also occur among the Sámi people, only that these groups are less investigated and researched about; if researched at all?

Appropriate amounts of scholarly resources, personally and economically ought to be funded for such research; and this must indeed take place within the framework of a Truth and Reconciliation commission.

Peter Ericson Nov 19, 2019

 

WHO PUSHED THE SÁMI ANCESTORS AWAY? – Expulsions, Exoduses, Ethnic Cleansings in The Sweden-Finland Kingdom (1:2)

Next Time: Old and recent oppression and confusion in Norway and Sweden. Modern warfare and empty laplands. And on Stalin’s terror, and Russian conditions.

Historic Guilt? Who, where, why, how?
On Early Suomi-Sámi History, remarks and notes
which could be of help for every Truth and Reconciliation commission.
– part 1 of 2 –

MIGRATION
Forced migrations
1595 the Teusina Peace Treaty (read it here: https://histdoc.net/historia/se/teusina.html)

Sammaledes skole och the Swenske befalningzmänn vthi ingen motte hindre store herrens, zaar och storfurstes, Feodor Iwanowitz, öffwer alt Rysslandh zamoderzetz, zaarske höghetz befalningzmän till at optage skatten vthaf the Lapper, som lyde vnder det Duinske, Kexholmske landh och Kols slott.” and this

Theslikest skole och icke heller den store herrens, zaar (English Czar, current Swedish: Tsar) och storfurste, Feodor Iwanowitz, öffwer alt Ryssland zamoderzetz, zaarske högheetz befalningzmän heller andre hans vndersåter vthi någen motte förhindre wår stormechtigste konungz befalningzmän till att opbäre skatten vthaf Laperne ifrå Österbothnen alt in till Warånger, hwilke tilförende och vthaf ålder vnder Swerigis riike lydt haffwe och deres skatt Swerigis konungh gifwit

Passage 1 speaks about by Russia recently won territories, within which Russia hereby is declared to own the privilege of collecting taxes from: that is the estates (or counties) of Kol, Duinske and Kexholm. A common interpreation of the places mentioned is: Kexholm: Fi. Käkisalmi, Ru. Приозерск, Kar. Karjala in Ladoga, Duinske: area around Lake Onega and Kol: of lesser certainty, but sometimes viewed upon as possibly an early fortress of Kola area, most likely to have been founded in the surroundings of Solovetsky Monastery (in its turn founded in 1436). All in all, in general and in a swift, brief way (with a slight risk of simplification; this is present-day (2019) Russian Karelian republic described.
Passage 2 states the old Swedish-Finnish fiscal area, namely Ostrobothnia; which here seems to be understood as the whole of the Northern half of the country. We need to recall that the full extension of the Nordic countries (here: including Russia) not was entirely known by 1595).
What did happen, from what we could conclude, is that
some of the South-Easternmost Sámi groups, around Lieksa in Kainuu territory were forced to more over to the Russian side, as an effect of Teusina Treaty. This might also have struck the Southern Kainuu, Eastern Ostrobothnian Sámis and most of the remaining Savo as well as Karjala/Karelian Sámi groups. According to tax lengths we do find Sámis as south as Nyslott or Savonlinna as late as back in the 1540s. We also hear about Savo proper Saámis in 1454; and there are areas where these groups seem to have claimed land farther beyound centuries where we usually consider to be in Sámi eras. A problem is the Finnish usage of the term lapp (at least in present- and modern-day history contexts), which might be mildy put confusing for a Swedish Historian.

GUILTY PARTIES: Sweden, Russia (Novgorod) and to some extent Finland.

Apart from that, 1714-21 as well as for example; the severe attacks
The consequences of the 1323 Peace Treaty of Pähkinälinna Schlüsselborg or Nöteborg are less known (Шлиссельбург; Sjlisselburg, Schlüsselburg, (Fi.) Pähkinälinna or Lyyssinä); not ought to have led to, eventually or directly migrations; but in deed seen over decades it did.

Earlier in late Nordic Medieval era, Russian ravages seems to have been driven the Sámi groups away from the older habitat: among this one ought to mention the 1200s, coloured by ”Karelian” attacks and ravages in the three Lapplands except Russian Lappland; the late 1400s when the area around present-day’s Oulu became target for numerous attacks and ravages by the PomoresRussians and/or Karelians (probably strengthened by other Fenno-Ugric or Balto-Finnic. Attacking forces during these medieval days most often referred to as Karelians, less often as Biarmians and sometimes, in the traditions seemingly positioned as the Čuds (tjuder in Swedish, Čuovrit in North Saami) – perhaps a scientifically correct ethnonym might be Proto-Karelians?). A striking fact is that the tradition around this hostile people or hords are clearly stronger in Northern Sápmi and almost unheard of in Southern Sápmi.

During the 1200s another attacking force must be included into the equation, namely the Swedish Kingdom! Magnus Birgersson ladulås is, according to several sources, said to have placed an attack towards the Sámi people areas, coordinated and followed by a pacification by the local nobleman Matti Kurkki (medieval form, today Kurki), in Swedish sources called Matthias Kurck. He seems to have been of Savo or Häme origin, most likely a mixture. The Swedish attack seems to have been taking place in the second half of the 1270s; and might be the point from which you can place the intiating era of Swedish-Finnish Colonialism. One cannot really sort out that this tradition – given it actually did take place – to a great extent did aim at Biarmians or the Čuds/(proto-)Karelians.

Behind these hostile meaures stood Novgorod (AD 1136-1478), an early great power with a huge apetite for Arctic, Nordic and Siberian indigenous lands: the Uralic speaking knights only ecexuted the dirty work. An interesting observation is that we can also to a vast extent spot traces of which will later become the birkarla (taxation and trading) system; they seem, indeed to have drawn a model from the very early tax faring journeys by the Čuds. This system also tending to be even older than Novgorod itself:

Thus this system kept on going for a period of 650 years or ca. 900-1550. One could even claim the Royal taxation system with its similar roots (many laplands even did get run by Sheriffs who actually were birkarla-men) kept on going for even another 250 years!
Anyhow it looks like what we today refer to as Finnish Sámis in the Northernmost parts, as well as the once within Kemi Lapland and those under Ostrobothnian flag (AD circa 1360-1441 under County Korsholm or Mustasaari) that they eventually enjoyed a period of relative calm and maybe a chance to gather silver via commercial or trade activities like their relatives in the Western areas. Since the raids or ravage attacks most often also aimed at Finnmark, that may be a historical fact we even could state, since they are less heard of in the lion’s share of the 1300s (nevertheless: in the years of 1377 a new attack at what is likely to be interpreted as Oulu – Owla – is performed from Novgorod). And this is also the period when Sámis are, totally, as a collective, guilty of tributing taxes to the King of Sweden-Finland, or the growing great power of Swedish Kingdom; which actually already under Swedish flag from 1561, which actually made the utmost lion’s share of Baltic and Bothnic Sea to a Swedish inland Sea, eventuelly for some shorter epoque encompassing the whole of the Sea. Nevertheless; there were mostly an uneasy atmosphere in the erämaa east of Kajana castle.

Eric of Pomerania visited Finland (”Eastern part of the Kingdom”) several times and stated anno 1411 that the erämaa belonged to ”the kingdom”, also as distant areas as 200-250 km away from cultivated fields. Only a few years after this, the mass baptism actins in huge water pools took place. At the same time, Novgorod intiated monasteries in Southern- and Easternmost Karelia as well as up in the White Sea.

Finally in this little exposé we should have a look at Russian attacks and ravages in Southern Finland in the 1400s and 1500s. Simultanously, after the Russian annexation of Novgorod in the 1470s new severe attacks did take place in North-East Ostrobothnia. These were the predecessing events which later led to the Teusina Peace Treaty. Many farms and houses were burnt down, and abandoned during these periods. And the reason this is important is that we need to find the main reasons why the Sámi people gradually left Uusimaa and Central parts of Finland, the core area for proto-Sámis or Late Proto Sámis, among Language historians called Lakeland Sámi speakers (Cf. Aikio 2012, Korpela 2014, Heikkilä 2014): those, at this point, seems to be (a) Swedish crusades, (b) Finnish-Swedish settlement movements and early expulsions as well as (c) Novgorod’s attacks and counter attacks aimed at the Swedes, of which 1292 AD Attack at Häme might be the most well-known one (amomng many), and (d) in this Sámi movement’s utmost final stages, Russian ravaging raids along the Uusimaa coast in the 1400s and 1500s. For further reading on Novgorod, see Halperin 1999 (”Novgorodians and the ”Novgorodian Land”. In: Cahiers du monde russe 40/3 [1999] Varia)

GUILTY PARTIES: Sweden, Russia (Novgorod) – to a less extent Finland.

Feodor_I_of_Russia_(parsuna,_1630s,_Moscow_History_museum)
Czar Fiodor I ruled by the time of Teusina Peace Treaty
he lived 1557-1598, reigned from 1584. He was the last
czar of the Ruruk dynasty. Anonymus, 1630s.
COLONIALISM
Classic Colonialism, with driving the indigenous Sámi people away with an expanding settlement movement and cultivation of the ground/thorough modulation of the erämaa, ground for hunting-foraging-fishing that is; as well as the landscape and grazing areas for reindeer pastoralism.
Iron age and 1300s-1700s: well-documented movements i Savo, Häme, Karelia, Kainuu, Ostrobothnia, Kemi or Chimeå Lappland (lappmark in Swedish). Same phenomen is also registrered by Archaeologist about Southern and Central laerlia already back in the late Iron age or ”prime time” viking age. Some might be the cause along the crusade era in the 11-1200s.

GUILTY PARTIES: Finland, Karelia, Russia, Sweden (I would say – in that order).

Refugee movements, domestical migrative or immigrative: Can be technically – or seemingly – done by free will; but almost without exceptions the trigger factors as well as the basic reasons for commit a refugee or domestic migratory act were to be found in the field of tensions in-between the Great Novgorod, later Russia on one side, and Swedish Kingdom on the other.

Isoviha ja Nuijasota
Among numerous known and indicated such refuge-initiating events we must mention primarily the Huge War, (Sw.) Stora Ofreden (Fi. Isoviha) 1714-21; influencing mainland Finland as well as most coasts and (the older) Civil War Nuijasota (Sw. Klubbekriget) in the 1590s; of which the first encompassed enormous burnings and huge, nightmare-creating (only by reading about them) massacres and the second also did feauture a truly horrifying face, which led thousands of Savo people to flee, migrate over to Sweden and start a new life. This did also occur among the Sámi people, only that these groups are less investigated and researched about; if researched at all?
Appropriate amounts of scholarly resources, personally and economically ought to be funded for such research; and this must indeed take place within the framework of a Truth and Reconciliation commission.

 

Peter Ericson Nov 19, 2019


Thus national painter Albert Edelfeldt did view the 16th Century Civil War, the Nuijasota – a war in it’s entire shape created by Swedish noblemen; governors and throne pretenders. From 1879.

”Something is rotten … ”. FIVE Nordic Countries – Truth and Reconciliation Commission: On Denmark, guilty of Sámi ethnic cleansing and harsh colonialism for over 400 years

Past week Finland did came a long way on its path of creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Sámi population.

The Sámi History in all four established ”Sámi Countries” is sad, upsetting as well as – with the historic outcome fairly well-known among us Historians – unacceptable.
Colonialism has been the signum in all four cases; just appearing in various forms.

Now, at least SIX existing countries are actually more or less involved in the Sámi history: these six countries are Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Denmark.

Bildresultat för dansk kolonialism(original caption in Danish) Engelske William Pitt og franske Napoleon opdeler Jorden mellem sig som en kage i 1805. Man bemærker, at den engelske ”bid” er større end den franske. James Gillray 1803.

I say this once and for all:

Denmark needs to form one own Truth and Reconciliation Commission ”ASAP” = As Soon As Possible.

And why is that?

Because Denmark is guilty of many decades of oppression, massacres and severe colonialism versus the Sámi population of Norway, Jämtland, Härjedalen, Särna-Idre as well as several parts of the Arctic areas.

In the years 1524 – 1814 Norway was a part of Denmark. During this era one of the heaviest inquisition processes was executed. This did hit the whole of the population, maybe women the worst; but also ethnic cleansing-like actions, like the killing of at least 35 Sámi shamans were performed. Denmark was entirely and exclusively guilty for this action.

Ever since 1380 and during the Kalmar Union, Norway mainly did obey under Denmark. That means that during a more or less 434 years, the oppression of the Sámis in present-day Norway did launch itself from Denmark and Copenhagen.

There is also one more, crucial aspect to this: Denmark’s contribution to global colonialism was strikingly encompassing; and has certainly not become too exposed so far.
More on that here: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danska_kolonier

C O N C L U S I O N 

There is but one conclusion here. Or, actually, two:

1. Denmark needs to form an own Truth and Reconciliation Commission immediately.

2. All Nordic countries (including Russia; possibly except Iceland) need to cooperate along and in-between these commissions)

Bildresultat för major peter schnitler
Major Peter Schnitler (1690-1751), gränsingenjören, föddes i Christianshavn.
Han ville ackulturera samebarnen och placera ut dom i bondefamiljer för att utrota deras ”vandringslust”.
Mer om Schnitler här:
https://southsaamihistory.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/vem-var-major-schnitler-och-hur-bevisar-hans-verk-tva-nationers-landstold-av-samer/

FINAL NOTE: Someone observant might ponder around the ”Nordic” expression:
Certainly, Russia does not count among the Nordic countries; yet, nevertheless it has its ”own” Lappland and it’s own North.

Folkmord på samer i fyra länder? Och om svunna sjösamer i Sverige!

Författaren Kaare Vennerød har efter några års arbete nu givit ut boken «Den samiske fortellingen». Han kallar här den förnorskning, som samerna vederfarits, för ett folkmord. Du kan läsa mer om Kaares (Kåres) bok här:

https://www.nrk.no/sapmi/kaare-vennerod-mener-fornorskningen-var-et-folkemord-1.14065304

FOLKMORD I FLERA LÄNDER PÅ SAMER?

Det är samma i Sverige.
Sjösamerna (förr en mycket utbredd grupp), de flesta skogssamerna och kustskogssamerna (de som Linné mötte) och hela den grupp (rekryterade ur de förra) som sedermera kom att kallas ”sockenlapparna” utrotades på sikt.

Bottenhavet
I äldre historisk tid befoolkades snart sagt hela bottenhavs- och bottenvikskusterna av sjösamer och kustskogssamer.
Bild: Tageo.com (Satellitbild) och NASA (se i bild),

80-90% spädbarnsdödlighet; överdödlighet för barn och ungdom; för kvinnor i barnsäng och lungsjukdomar och för män i lungsjukdomar. 

Den enda tidiga födkroken för sockenlapparna – jakten – förhindrades 1756 och ca halvtannat decennium fram; och från och med 1790 tvångsinlöstes renhjordar på kusten och samerna tvangs till bofasthet; vilket ledde till en omfattande humanitär katastrof.

Samtidigt har rättigheterna beskurits och landen krympt hela tiden sekel för sekel. Dessutom stänger nationalstaterna gränserna för grannländernas samer – med fatala följder, och idag har en intensifierad gruvexploatering tillika enormt ambitiös och nästan monstruös vindkraftexploatering (med _8 000_ ansökningar om vindkraftverk bara inom det svenska renskötselområdet)!

Ryssland ska vi bara inte prata om.

BILD NEDAN: Anna Kristina Burgström levde ett strävsamt liv såsom sjösame ännu en god stund efter andra världskriget. Bloggarens mormor (född 1921) och hennes äldre syskon minns respektive mindes väl Anna, som ofta satt och band kvastar och borstar på deras bro (bro = ”entrétrappa” på norrländska dialekter). Högra bilden visar Annas föräldrar med vilhelminaursprung; Nils och Lisa Stina, bosatta i Bölen de senaste decennierna, men med sjösamiska livsstil sommartid. Deras levnadsmönster kan ge oss en bra inblick i deras föregångares. På nedre bilden syns de i barn- respektive unga vuxenår i Ulvöhamn, 1890. Foto via Ulvö Museum.
Informanten Evert Norberg, född 1905, mindes i en intervju år 2004, ännu hur hans far sålt ett torp till Anna på 1920-talet. Torpet finns delvis kvar, på Svartnoranäset invid Norafjärden å Lövvikslandet i Nora socken i Ångermanland. En kulturmiljöskylt uppsattes också i Hamnbastudden, en av de många hamnar och vikar som angjordes av dessa sommargrupper, aktiva i flera generationer och i minst tre landskap mellan Örnsköldsvik och Söderhamn.

 

 

Sjösamer och södra kusten i fokus i t r e nya projekt!

Tre projekt om samernas

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T r e 
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Fokus är sjö- och kustsamerna, men även vinterbetet som bedrivits av fjällsamerna kommer att ägnas stor uppmärksamhet.
 
Målgrupper och tänka medaktörer eller samarbetsparter/sponsorer är alltifrån samebyar och sameföreningar över hembygds- och lokala intresseföreningar till museer och statliga eller nationella samiska organisationer

DE OLIKA PROJEKTEN (Samtliga är arbetsnamn – fullständiga namn kommer under de kommande veckorna!)

(1) Samerna utmed Västernorrlands kust
Projekt som via NBV söker medel ur Region Västernorrland för att samla uppgifter om samerna i olika trakter och kommuner i länet. Föreläsningar, studiecirklar och tillfälle för samebyar och sameföreningar att presentera sin verksamhet.

(2)  Forskningsprojekt Norrhälsingekustens och Dellenbygdens samer
Projekt som sammanställer och grundforskar i arkiven och i någon mån via arkeologisk inventering skapar ny kunskap om detta eftersatta geografiska och tematiska område.
Finansiering ännu oklar. En serie småskrifter kommer blanda annat att bli resultatet.
Liksom projektet nedan skulle det kunna utvidgas, t ex internationellt.

(3) ”Vinterbetesprojektet”
Projekt som baseras på samarbete mellan firman Saepmie forskning (SFFU) och samebyarna i aktuella områden. Vinterbete bedrivet av fjällsamebyarna är i fokus i första omgången; men det kan utvidgas tematiskt och geografiskt. Delfinansiering av samebyarna; medan ytterligare medel ansökes om.

Kontaktperson i samtliga projekt är Peter Ericson (kontaktuppgifter nedan!)

Dessutom pågår andra projekt som vi ej redogör för här.

Karasjogas

 
Peter Ericson 20 maj 2018
 
Bildtext: ”Karasjok sett med Barthélemy Lauvergnes ögon i samband med expeditionsdeltagarnas färd från norska kusten till Karesuando 1839.”

Efter Pekka Sammalahtis kompletterande uppgifter: Den här bilden från 1839 är från karasjokbornas sommarplats Assebákti, ett par mil ovanför kyrkobyn.

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VÅR-program: SAMISKA KVINNOR i historien i fokus; kurser, ny kunskap, gamla traditioner i SAEPMIE forskning föreläsning undervisning! Boka ”ASAP”, kalender snart full!

Lite nytt och påminnelser …….

– STOR drive maj/juni med seminarier om sockenlappar och angränsande ämnen: Uppland, Dalarna och norrut!
Anmäl, snälla, intresse s n a r a s t !

– Kurs 19/4 Öviks Fhsk (kallad fortbildning/Vårkursen)

– Utför uppdragsforskning! Ca 120h lediga feb – maj.
Renbruksplan; sedvana; vindkraft; arkeologisk inventering etc!
Först till kvarn, ont om tid nu framöver!

Föreläsningsprogram om samiska kvinnor och organisationshistoria!
Erbjudes (inklusive andra titlar) även på skolor, samt i andra stora aulaföreläsningar.

– BERÄTTAR! Sommaren: boka gärna in oss/mig på hembygdsgårdar och berättarkvällar etc!

– Infokampanjer i Västernorrland för att fler ska få kunskap om samernas kulturarv och historia i vårt splitternya förvaltningslän

– Ny Saepmie Times utkommer mitten mars

– Guidningar i Stockholm i Elsa Laulas och Maria M. Mathsdotters spår planeras (och i Lindhagens; Torkel Tomassons samt en rad andra samers spår) planeras i Stockholm  – samt eventuellt i Höga kusten vid efterfrågan!

– Härutöver spännande projekt på gång i Finland och eventuellt även i Norrbotten.

– Mer händer, bara håll Dig uppdaterad! Prenumera på denna blogg! 🙂 Och på Saepmie Times!

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BILDEN: Avslöjas i Saepmie Times no 1/2018.
Med stort tack till Johan Sandberg McGuinne

SAAMI HISTORY ON ALNÖ ISLAND -Fishing, Mountain, Forest, Coastal Forest Labour and parish Saamis on Alnön Island Pt I Saami History for Alnö, in English

Edited Feb 19, 2018, in a nostalgic non-sea icy mood

(This Series is not the same as in Swedish, there are some various aspects.
You will be able to read the rest in an edited version in the E-zine Saepmie Times)

Yesterday I ran into some thick descriptive sources who lived in shelters and small cottages around turn of the century 1900.

Fishing Saamis and labour Saamis seem to have intermixed with Parish Saamis, Forest and Coastal Forest Saamis and Mountain Saamis during the 1800s, and this picture remains until the 1920s.

Coastal Forest Saamis as well as the Sea Saamis are the core recruitement groups for the  first generations of the so called parish lapps (sockenlappar) or parish Saamis; which consist a handicraft-like profession. This is valid ca 1730-1840. From mid-1800s parish Lapps are vanishing as a group fairly fast; and left to recruit from is mainly the poorer segment by the Mountain Saamis. Alnö is also known for having had a non-Saami, Swede-born parish Saami. Not so seldom fired soldiers could slip into these eventually in the 1800s less and less attractive posts. From the beginning it was a guarantee not to get expelled; and most parish Saamis in this mega-county of Jämtland-Västernorrland-Gävleborg could practice a reasonable amount of nomadizing, although it was forbidden by actual law. This is why I use the word ”shelter” about this area.

Some Mountain Saamis wintergroups actually could travel further South along the winter; a few of them even to Norrala- Söderhamn. They often used Alnö Island or the Strait West of it as a gathering point after the Helsingian excursions during mid-winter.

Three main roads over the strait(-s); Northern Jämtland’s (and Vilhelmina) (mt.) Saamis went over Skäggsta, parish Hässjö; Westerns, Central and Southern Jämtland Mountain Saamis passed over Tuna by-Korsta to Gustafsberg. Härjedalen Saamis went over from Essvik.

The frequent Forest (semi-nomad or, at times, full nomad) Saamis are visible in parishes Tynderö, Skön, Njurunda, Selånger – and most likely they – and their close relatives the Fishing Saamis – as well as the Coastal Forest Saamis must have crowded Alnön Island the decades around 1700. And so we need to include the multi-subsistence group of Sea Saamis, hard to differ in the material from the exclusively fishing groups or Fishing Saamis. And the Mountain Saamis did actually start early with their winter pasturage for more or less huge reindeer herds (3 000 in the later part of the period of well documented winter grazing of 1718-1935).


”Såg vid såg jag såg, varhelst jag såg” (Approx. ”Saw by saw I saw, wherever I saw”). Some of the fishing Saamis could in some seasons work at one of the 15-17 saw mills on Alnön Island.
This is Nacka saw mill; my paternal grandfather’s childhood habitate. It is also a documented passaging point for a North-Eastern nomadic trail, over the winter way, on the ice that is.

EPILOGUE: I will try to find my old county museum-reports to post later in this series!