Harald Gaski

Harald Gaski is born and grew up on the river Deatnu in Sápmi, on the 70 th latitude in the
northernmost county in Norway. Gaski is an author, editor, and a Professor in Sámi
Literature at Sámi allaskuvla / Sámi University of Applied Sciences and a Professor
in Sámi Culture and Literature at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway. Gaski’s
research specializes on Indigenous methodologies and aesthetics, Sámi traditional
values, worldviews, culture and literature. He has been instrumental in establishing
Sámi literature as an academic field. Gaski has translated Sámi literature and Nils-
Aslak Valkeapää’s poetry into Norwegian and English. His most recent book is an
anthology of Sámi literature, published in 2020, titled Myths, Tales and Poetry from
Four Centuries of Sámi Literature. His first book is from 1987, Med ord skal tyvene
fordrives, an account and analysis of narrative juoigan (Sámi folk music) texts. Gaski
has been a visiting scholar at several universities internationally. He served on the
International Research Advisory Panel of New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research
Excellence for 10 years (2006-2015). In 2006 he was awarded the The Nordic Sámi
Language Prize, Gollegiella, and in 2015 Gaski was the recipient of Várdduo
/Cesam research award at the University of Umeå in Sweden.

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