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When we were Sami - Guh lejmeh sámieh

Tjaktjane 2024 Västerbottenteahtere jah Åarjelhsaemien teatere akttane hásateäh Jonssonen Matsen rájrruorománub Guh lejmeh sámieh – ubmejesámien jah dáruongiälane.

In the fall of 2024, Västerbottensteatern, in collaboration with Åarjelhsaemien teatere, will stage the serial novel När vi var samer by Mats Jonsson - with Ume Sami and Swedish as the stage language.

Gåssie Jonssonen Matsen áhtjájjá jábmá die fuölkkie vuastas bálien dab måskuoke jah biähtuotum skáhpuob rahppá juhkka leä intán ståbuosne gåvnname. Dan sissnie leäh miärkanvïhttanisgirjjie, prievvie sámienfugddaste Västerbottesne jah gåvvah rárkuovijste. Die bïjkuotuvva ahttie Mats båhtá lüvletjemádduoste Málágen dáhvuosne. Man dehte lij tjiäguosne urrame? Man dehte hejtten sámien urruot? Jah man dehte däjrren dan unnieb sïjjan hïsturjan bïjrra?

When Mats Jonsson's grandfather dies, the family opens for the first time the sealed and forbidden sweep box that has always been in the home. Inside are reindeer mark certificates, letters from the reindeer herder in Västerbotten County and photos from reindeer separations. It turns out that Mats is descended from a family of forest Sami in the Malå area. Why has it been a secret? Why did they stop being Sami? And why do they know so little about their history?

Guh lejmeh sámieh leä hïsturjjasubtsas sliektien gelletjuöhtiejáhpásadtje dåruon bïjrra várjjalit sïjjan vuögieb viässuot, jah giäŋŋalis gåvva Matsen áhtjájjáste juhkka tjuavvarij njuarranit. Nåvváj leä mujttalis juhkka åhppate sámien hïsturjub Sverjesne máb skuvlla ij leäh mïjjáje vaddáme.

"When we were Sami" is a chronicle of a family's centuries-old struggle to preserve their way of life, and an insightful portrait of Mats's grandfather, who finally had to give up. It is also an educational account of the Sami history in Sweden that schools have never managed to give us.

 

Vuösietiemiesne ådtjuobe Matsen uhttsaliemmieb dullatje ájgiene tjuavvuot, stuarra jah smávva sjaddamijde guh leäh bájnnieminnie mïjjub eŋŋe. Ådtjuobe áj tjuavvuot Matsen jïjtjasa månnalahkan mehte, sámien identitähtije. Subtsasen bïjrra håjggá ”dullatje jah dállie” gasskasne jah suahtastallame leä ájnas åssie subtsasisne.

In the performance, we follow Mats' search back in time, among small and large events that still affect us today, but also on his personal journey into a new, Sami identity. The story moves between "past and present" and humor has an important place in the story.

 

Teateredåhkiesne leäh vïjtta barggijh guh vuösieth gåbbatjáhkkh Matsub jah ájáj bualvijde suv uvddale. Vujdnash jah musijkkagiälla akttanh äjgijde dan giävras vuösietiemiesne jüs hïsturjub åjmijde válddiet.

The ensemble consists of five actors who portray both Mats and the generations that have gone before him and the visual and musical language connects now and then in this powerful performance about reclaiming one's history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dájdáladtje dåhkkie / Artistic team

Directed by Johanna Sandström Lehto
Screenplay: Tora von Platen based on the graphic novel by Mats Jonsson
Stage design: Lotta Nilsson
Costume design: Anna-Stina Svakko and Lotta Nilsson
Composition & sound design: Katarina Barruk
Lighting design: Maja Lindström
Translation in Umea Sami: Henrik Barruk

Participants: Andreas Anterot, Annika Nordin, Paul Ol Jona Utsi, Malin Vispe, Anna Åsdell

Poster image: Lisalove Bäckman

Produced by Västerbottensteatern in collaboration with Åarjelhsaemien teatere.

PREMIERE OCTOBER 12, 2024
Playing in Skellefteå and on tour

Performance languages are Swedish and Ume Sami. Subtitles in Swedish and English.

TWO PERFORMANCES INCLUDED IN THEATER SUBSCRIPTION WHICH WAS RELEASED ON APRIL 17.
Other performances will be released on 4/9.

PRICES
Ordinary: 355kr
Young (up to 26 years)/student: 215kr
Duration: 2 hours 30 min

Produced in collaboration with Åarjelhsaemien teatere.

  1. Stage 2, Sara Cultural Center

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  4. Stage 2, Sara Cultural Center

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