Pauli Saijets, student 2018-2020

The highlight of the year was our spring concert in Sajos, Inari. It was so fun when people started dancing as we played. The vibes were great! Of course, there were other nice moments, too. For example, the visiting teachers, such as Niillas Holmberg, Wimme Saari and Teho Majamäki as well as the yoikers all made a good impression. I did not have a lot of previous playing experience. Every five years, I may have tried to play the guitar, 30 seconds at a time, but that is about it. This is why it was fun to see that even if none of the instruments were familiar to me in the beginning, I got really interested in playing the bass.

Returning migrant

As a person who has moved back to their homestead, I have noticed how people arriving here from elsewhere have taken up an interest in their own roots. For example, at the Sámi Region Education Centre, people have regardless of their field of study started looking into their own roots and this way have learned about traditional music, among other things. The music academy gives more in-depth instruction, particularly on music. Very many have forgotten the traditional Sámi music, either as a coincidence or by intention. The impression that yoiking would be frowned upon or sinful still persists among some. Therefore, it is nice that the perception is changing and work is being done on its behalf. Yoik is Sámi music, which is music just like any other music like church music or hymns. It can be performed anywhere. The music academy is an excellent place for strengthening traditional music. It is one of the most important tasks of the school.

Surprise in the family’s musical tradition

At first, I thought yoik would not exist in my family. This also was the case, and I still have not found it.  Instead, I found something else. My grandmother’s father-in-law had made a livđe out of her! In addition, there was a livđe even in my great-grandfather. Our teacher, Marko Jouste, had archive tapes for his research, and it was there that this livđe was found. When I got deeper into it, I found out that my uncle and my aunt remembered grandma’s livđe. The tradition was never broken.

Plenty of capacity and enthusiasm

The desire to make music and learn more has grown with this. I have the capacity and enthusiasm, although I did have challenges during the first year with concentration and getting started. There are so many interesting things. I have applied to the second year in the soloist line in the autumn. For example, designing a programme is part of the studies, and plenty is done independently. I believe that I will be dealing with music in the future, now that I have the foundation after my first year of studies. I want to practise and make use of what I have learned. Something will come out of this, though I do not know when. I guess I will have to decide that myself!

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