The Sami people (also Sámi or Saami), traditionally known in English as Lapps or Laplanders, are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. The Sami are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia recognized and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and are hence the northernmost indigenous people of Europe. Sami ancestral lands span an area of approximately 388,350 km2 (150,000 sq. mi.), which is approximately the size of Norway, in the Nordic countries. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family. Continue reading “The Sami People”
Jeg har skrevet Plantemannen fordi jeg elsker å bruke fantasien og kunnskapen i kombinasjon. Jeg har dessuten et ønske om å bidra til en forståelse mellom to kulturer. Gjennom skrivingen kan jeg se verden ut fra begge ståsteder, og si noe om hvor ulike eller like vi er.
Gjennom fiksjoner kan jeg la fantasien flyte fritt. Gjennom fiksjoner kan jeg i tillegg rette søkelyset på enkelte temaer uten å måtte gå gjennom analyser og abstraksjoner. Et bredere publikum kan få tilgang til stoffet, og det er viktig for meg. Gjennom karakterene i bøkene mine undersøker jeg sider ved Norge og et afrikansk land uten å måtte gå inn i politiske diskusjoner..
Jeg har planer om flere utgivelser i 2015, og håper mange vil få glede av historiene mine.
Kort om historien
Plantemannen er en fiktiv historie om Mikkel, en same fra Kautokeino som reiser til Den Sentralafrikanske republikk for å lete etter sjeldne og uoppdagete planter. Som same identifiserer han seg med deler av den afrikanske kulturen. Han ønsker å fortelle sine afrikanske venner om “landsbyer” i Kautokeino kommune. Mikkel føler sterkt på at han som same deler mye av den samme historien med de svarte afrikanerne fra for eksempel Sør- Afrika og Zimbabwe. Men, turen til Den Sentralafrikanske Republikk går ikke som planlagt. Han havner midt i opptakten til en blodig borgerkrig. Han forelsker seg i en mye yngre kvinne som holder noe skjult for ham.
He was attending a conference in Nairobi on the Illicit Trade in Rare Plants, when he found himself one evening at the Serena Hotel, drinking with three Kenyans; a Banker, a Management consultant, and an executive.
As he sat at counter in the hotel bar, alone drinking, the three Kenyans walked in all dressed up in their pin stripped suits. They asked if the barstools next to him were free. He nodded and as they sat, proceeded to introduce themselves.
“Peter, Monari, Ole” they said one at a time while extending a handshake. He answered each with Mikkel.
Mikkel was not surprise about the name Ole. He already knew “Ole” means the son of in the Masai language.
“And you are from where” asked one of them. Continue reading “Extract: The Plantman-Chapter 5”
Since childhood, plants fascinated Mikkel. His grandmother had the “knowledge” in the family. She grew different plants in her large garden and in her plant shed. As a little boy, he would bore grandma with same questions every time he visited.
“Grandma, what is the name of that plant”. “And that one?” Grandma would always answered as if she had just heard the question for the first time.
Mikkel’s grandmother was one of “the special people.” The “special people” are recognized in Sami culture as having powers to heal sick people.
In her house, Mikkel remembered dried plants; plants wrapped in brown paper; plants stuffed in jars and plants nearby the fireplace. He remembered Grandma preparing herbs, some of which she sold. He recalled Grandma always had some bottles filled with special medicines.
His grandparents would chew dried angelica root or add scraps to their coffee as protection against catching a cold. When as a little boy, Mikkel cut his finger while playing with a knife; grandma placed a small piece of birch bark on the wound and bandaged it. There was no need to go to the hospital. Continue reading “Extract: The Plant Man”