Stina INGA

I was born in Giron/Kiruna, the Swedish part of Sápmi, 1974. I grew up in a traditional reindeer herding family and I still live among the reindeer herders. My native language is Sámi and it is the language I speak on a daily basis. My parents taught me to live close to nature and all about our land, the reindeers and our history and ancient religion, although we lived among the Swedish people. 

I have never doubted what or who I am. I have always been a Sámi, with my own language, my own culture, my own religion and our own land. It has sometimes been hard growing up and living with racism and the struggle to be allowed to live our traditional life. My way to support my people is to write and try to keep our language and traditions alive, but I also want my people to start talking about the things that are hard and difficult to speak about. I want to give the silenced a voice.

 

Poetry books: 

  • Ferten eallima joksat, DAT 1995 
  • Skilli čoavdagat čoavjji dievva/Med magen full av skramlande nycklar, Författarens Bokmaskin 2009. 
  • Jámán oaneghis bottu – Jag dör en kort stund, DAT 2016. 
  • dego Stálu lávžegihput – som björkarnas häxkvastar, DAT 2020 

 
Antologies:  

  • Beyond the Wolf Line. An Anthology of Sami Poetry, Making Waves 1996  
  • Göra upp eld, Glesbygdsverket 1996 
  • Juoga mii geasuha. Sámi girječálliid searvvi antologiija, Davvi Girji 2001 
  • Taste of Paper. Anthology of Texts from the Young Writers Meeting in Visby 2002, Östersjöns författar- och översättarcentrum 2002  
  • Nio, Black Island Books 2002  
  • Bágos báhkuj / Sánistat sátnái / Baakoste baakose / Ordagrant, red Pär Hansson, Johan Sanberg Mcguinne, 2022
  • Danish Cultural Institute
  • Camões Instituto de Cooperação e Língua Portugal
  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Spain Arts and Culture - Cultural and Scientific Service of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium
  • Commission européenne
  • Embassy of Ireland
  • MuntPunt
  • Greenland Representation to the European Union
  • It Skriuwersboun
  • LUCA School of Arts
  • Instituto Cervantes Brussels
  • Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels
  • Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU
  • Swedish Institute
  • LOFT 58
  • Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Belgium
  • Polish Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels
  • Ville de Bruxelles
  • Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union
  • Greenlandic Writers Association
  • Orfeu - Livraria Portuguesa
  • Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren
  • Embassy of Andorra
  • Yunus Emre Institute
  • Lithuanian Culture Institute
  • Scottish Government EU Office
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Austrian Cultural Forum
  • Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • Czech Centre Brussels
  • Mission of the Faroes to the EU
  • Ambassade du Luxembourg à Bruxelles
  • Hungarian Cultural Institute Brussels
  • Leeuwarden Europan Capital of Culture 2018
  • Etxepare Euskal Institutua
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union