11 weeks old Wilhelmine Sofie was the youngest participant at Sami Church Days. Dressed in a sami costume inherited from her uncle, she was safely cuddled in her grandma´s arms.
Both Wilhelmine Sofie and this little girl, are South Sami, a minority group among the Sami minorities.
The South Sami language is, per definition, a dead language, but still a few people speak it as their mother tongue, and more are learning it, taking the language back.
South Sami priest Bierna Bientie is, together with the Bible Society in Norway, working on translating the Bible into South Sami. So far only the Gospel of Mark has been available in South Sami, but during the Sami Church Days there was a launch of a little book with text from Genesis, The Psalms and the Gospel of John. The little book is called Jupmele sjugnede, God creates.
Sami Church Days started on August 9th, The International Day for the World´s Indigenous Peoples.
From time to time I have been dreaming of learning the South Sami language.
It will take a lot of time and effort, which I don´t know if I have.
There is also another language I would love to learn;
I guess I still have some buttons to count......