Aage Solbakk & John Trygve Solbakk
Sámi Reindeer Herders in Alaska 1901-1937

During the period 1894-1898, the U.S. government started to recruit Sámi, and their families, for their expertise in reindeer herding. For a set period of time, they were invited to come live, teach, work and travel in Alaska. Most of the immigration coming from Norway up until this point had been Norwegians trying to find their luck in the USA.

The Sámi immigration, however, was based on an extensive need for their knowledge and skill that they had accrued over many centuries and passed down from generation to generation. During this period, the Sámi sent home letters to a Christian Sámi newspaper named "Nuorttanaste” (the Eastern Star). This book is based on their letters which account for how they lived in this harsh new environment. They are a window into the Sámi’s adventurous travels and way of life in the Alaskan territories.

Aage Solbakk & John Trygve Solbakk

Aage Solbakk & John Trygve Solbakk

Aage Solbakk (1943) born and raised in Deatnu/Tana, Norway. He lives near the Deatnu/Tana River and lives there as a salmon fisherman, wilderness practitioner and textbook author. His passion for and PhD in history shine through in his books, research and textbooks he has published so far. He has been working as an editor for Sámi publishing for many years.

John T. Solbakk (1945) born and raised in Deatnu/Tana, Norway. Educated firstly as a teacher and afterwards he majored in literature. His multi-talent shows clearly in the several professions he has successfully exercised as a: teacher, journalist in newspaper, radio and television, lecturer at the University of Tromsø, co-founder of Davvi Media and now as the co-founder and an editor of ČálliidLágádus - AuthorsPublisher.

Other titles

Aage Solbakk:

2001 Deanuleahki - sogat, historjá / Tanadalen - slekter, historie / The Tana valley – genus, history
2003 Jođi lea buoret go oru – Sátnevádjasat / Time is a ship ( Japanese, English, Norwegian and Dutch)
2003 Kulturhistorisk skriftserie. Volum 1.
2003 Tanas laksefiskehistorie - redskaper - begreper. / The salmon fishing history in Tana.
2004 Leastadianisma/ Leastadianism
2005 Samer er trollmenn i norsk historie / the Sámi are the trolls in Norwegian history
2006 Time Is A Ship That Never Casts Anchor
2006 Bures daddjon / Well-said (Sámi proverbs)
2006 Bálvvosbáikkit ja noaiddesvuohta Deatnogáttis/ Places of worship and shamanism in the Tana valley
2007 Dállodoallu/ The rise and evolution of animal husbandry in Northern Sápmi: history, advise and terms
2007 Čáhcegáttesámiid kultuvra / Den elvesamiske kulturen / the culture of the River Sami
2009 Barfi – Beaska/ Sami clothing from 1500-1900
2009 Sápmi & Máilbmi - Nuoraidskuvla Historjá 1/ Sámiland and the world – history book
2009 What we believe in - Expanded edition
Noaidevuohta - An introduction to the religion of the northern Saami
2009 Sámit bálvalusas Alaskas / The Sámi in Alaska
2010 Sápmi & Máilbmi - Nuoraidskuvla historjá 2/ Sámiland and the world – history book 2
2011 The Salmon Lords take over Deatnu/the Tana River
2011 DEATNU-TANA – den beste lakseelva / Deatnu-Tana – the best salmon river
2012 Sámit áiggiid čađa 1 / Sámi throughout the ages
2012 Nature Heals
2012 Sámit áiggiid čađa 2 / Sámi throughout the ages
2012 Báikenamat Sámis 1 - Stedsnavn i Sápmi 1 / City names in Sámiland
2014 Sámi Reindeer Herders in Alaska
2015 Báikenamat Sámis 2 - Stedsnavn i Sápmi 2
2016 SÁMI BEAKKÁNAT/ Famous Sámi people throughout the ages
2016 Hva vi tror på/ What we believe in – new edition
2017 Polmak reinsogn- Utviklingen av reindriften i Polmak reinsogn / Polmak reindeerherding parish –
the development of reindeer in the Polmak region.
2018 Laksen Vår / Luossa lei min / The salmon was ours
2019 Sámegiella áiggiid čađa / The Sámi written language throughout the ages.

John Trygve Solbakk:
1999 «das go eallin gáibida min soahtái ---» / «- til kamp -» /
2002 Čállet Sámi Verddet / Write Sámi friends!
2006 Mii leat Sámit/ Vi er Samer/ We are the Sámi
2007 Árbevirolaš máhttu ja dahkkivuoigatvuohta/ Samisk tradisjonell kunnskap som verdifullt andsverk / Traditional knowledge and copyrights
2009 Sámit bálvalusas Alaskas/ The Sámi in Alaska
2010 Dráma ođđa áiggis / Drama i nyere tid/ Drama in a contemperary time ( DVD)
2014 Mii leat Sámit/ Vi er Samer/ We are the Sámi/ Nosotros somos Samis - New edition
2016 Niestesjidh – Niesteboazu – Tradisjonell reinslakt på Helgeland /
Traditional reindeer slaughtering in Helgeland
2018 Wir sind die SÁMI
2003- 2017 Sámis nr⁰1-22

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Edited August 23, 2021 by Authors'Publisher/ČálliidLágádus