The first volume of six presenting field recordings of Sámi joik. Released on The Sámi National Day 2019.
In the fall of 1912, musicologist, stationmaster, artist and violin maker Karl Tirén (1869-1955) was offered the loan of a phonograph and pertaining wax cylinders from the Swedish Museum of Natural History’s ethnographic department, with the instruction of recording Sámi traditional singing (joik), storytelling and other verbal traditions. The apparatus itself was among the marvels of the modern age, and had been purchased in Berlin just a few years prior. Acquiring Sámi objects for the museum’s collection was also part of the ethnographic department’s mission.
The Arvidsjaur and Arjeplog Winter Markets of 1913
Karl Tirén made the first phonograph recordings at the 1913 winter market in Arvidsjaur, which took place on February 7-9. Tirén made the journey by train from Svartbjörnsbyn, probably to Lakaträsk, from where he travelled by sleigh to the destination. In Arvidsjaur, he documented thirteen joikers. After that, he continued his journey to Arjeplog, where another winter market was held. Preparing for this trip, he had made contact with Maria Persson, who graciously let him make the recordings in her own home during the market on Feb 12-15 – that is, in the attic room she rented, to which she invited friends and relatives to joik for the phonograph. Maria Persson herself was a talented joiker, and also lended practical assistance during the recording sessions. During the four days, twelve joikers were documented, among them Maria Persson herself, as well as her sister Greta.
In Arvidsjaur, Tirén had made the acquaintance of the writer and community keeper Karl-Erik Forsslund, who joined Tirén on the journey to Arjeplog. He also participated in the the recording work there, and wrote a long article on his impressions, När lapparna joika (When the Lapps Joik). The article was published on March 2, 1913, in Dagens Nyheter, with Forsslund describing the scene as guests come and go, women and men, old and young, from the tribes of Arjeplog, Luokta, and Semisjaur.
Artists vol. 1: Lars-Erik Granström, Erik Mattias Nilsson, Erik Bror Sjulsson, Eva Maria Olofsson, Nils Petter Stenberg, Anders Larsson, Maria Stenberg, Anna Stenlund, Sara Olofsson, Lars Oskar Stenvall, Maria Sivertsson, Brita Kajsa Eriksson, Per Persson, Maria Persson, Gunilla Jonsson, Sara Enarsson, Anna Nilsson Lasko, Greta Johansson, Lars Nilsson Ruong, Anna Greta Fjällman, Paul Norsa, Brita Gustafsson, Anders Johansson, Elsa Brita Fjällman, Greta Persson, Elsa Kristina Gustafsson