When in the early 1970s Silba-Áilu
(Aslak Siri) of Guovdageaidnu, just completed his apprenticeship, and starting
as an independent silver smith, (the first Sámi as such that I know about, at
least), he asked me to make some designs that he could use.
So I sat down and sketched, and
developed the now well know "family symbol" of mine, based on Sámi
drum figures (basically a development of the Bieggolmmái figure), it struck a
cord within him. It has later been wrongly taken for an original ancient
symbol, and I can't help but take some pride in that fact. However, Silba-Áilo
took one of the pre-versions and made into a brooch, one single item, I
believe, and the only person I know has one is my colleague Trygve Lund
Guttormsen of Máze.
My latest design was to make the logo for NANA,
International Festival of Indigenous People (Romsa, 1997-2004) as a pendant. One
silver version was given Buffy Sainte Marie as she had a concert here in October
2000. Later I had one made in gold on titanium, made, like the silver version,
by Anu Forselius of Unjárga. Should I continue this branch?
If any of you are interested in owning one of these, please contact me, and we might work something out…