Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Happy Sami Day

The Sami National Day falls on February 6 as this date was when the first Sámi congress was held in 1917 in Trondheim, Norway. This congress was the first time that Norwegian and Swedish Sámi came together across their national borders to work together to find solutions for common problems.

In 1992, at the 15th Sámi Conference in Helsinki, a resolution was passed that Sámi National Day should be celebrated on February 6th to commemorate the 1st Sámi congress in 1917. Sami National Day is for all Sámi, regardless of where they live and on that day the Sámi flag should be flown and the Song of the Sami People is sung in the local Sámi language. The first time Sami National Day was celebrated was in 1993, when the International Year of Indigenous People was proclaimed open in Jokkmokk, Sweden by the United Nations.

Sámi soga lávlla ("Song of the Sami People", lit. "Song of the Sámi Family") was originally a poem written by Isak Saba that was published in the newspaper Sagai Muittalægje for the first time on April 1, 1906. In August 1986, it became the national anthem of the Sami. Arne Sørli set the poem to music, which was then approved at the 15th Sámi Conference in Helsinki in 1992. Sámi soga lávlla has been translated into all of the Sámi languages.

The original Northern Sami words

Guhkkin davvin Dávggáid vuolde
sabmá suolggai Sámieatnan.
Duottar leabbá duoddar duohkin,
jávri seabbá jávrri lahka.
čohkat čilggin, čorut čearuin
allanaddet almmi vuostái.
Šávvet jogat, šuvvet vuovddit,
cáhket ceakko stállenjárggat
máraideaddji mearaide.

Dálvit dáppe buolašbiekkat,
muohtaborggat meariheamit.
Sámisohka sieluin mielain
eahccá datte eatnamiiddis:
Mátkálažžii mánuheabit,
giđđudeaddji guovssahasat, -
ruoškkas, ruovggas rođuin gullo,
juhca jávrriin, jalgadasain,
geresskálla máđiid miel.

Ja go geassebeaivváš gollut
mehciid, mearaid, mearragáttiid,
golli siste guollebivdit
suilot mearain, suilot jávrriin.
Gollin čuvget čáhcelottit,
silban šovvot sámieanut,
šelgot čuoimmit, šleđgot áirrut,
luitet olbmát lávllodemiin
geavgŋáid, guoikkaid, goatniliid.

Sámieatnan sohkagoddi –
dat lea gierdan doddjokeahttá
goddi čuđiid, garrogávppiid,
viehkes vearrevearroválddiid.
Dearvva dutnje, sitkes sohka!
Dearvva dutnje, ráfi ruohtas!
Eai leat doarut dorrojuvvon,
eai leat vieljain varat vardán
sámi siivo soga sis.

Máttarádját mis leat dovle
vuoitán vearredahkkiid badjel.
Vuostálastot, vieljat, miige
sitkatvuođain soardiideamet!
Beaivvi bártniid nana nálli!
Eai du vuoitte vašálaččat,
jos fal gáhttet gollegielat,
muittát máttarmáttuid sáni:
Sámieatnan sámiide!

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