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.