Sigbjørn Skåden

Sigbjørn Skåden (born 8 July 1976) is a Sámi and Norwegian poet and novelist.

Sigbjørn Skåden in 2019


Skåden published five books on the Sami publishing house Skániid Girjie; the poetry collections Skuovvadeddjiid gonagas (2004), Skomakernes konge (2007) and Prekariáhta lávlla (2009); and the novel Ihpil: Láhppon mánáid bestejeaddji (2008). For his debut, he was nominated to the Nordic Council Literature Prize, representing the Sami language area.[1]

In 2012 he issued the young adult non-fiction Sámit/Samer on Cappelen Damm. He then issued the novels on Cappelen Damm, Våke over dem som sover (2014) and Fugl (2019). The first of these novels was nominated for the NRK P2 Listeners' Prize.[1]

Fugl has been called the first science fiction novel by a Sámi author.[2] Skåden himself has described it as his most Sámi work so far, and it has been interpreted as an allegory of the loss of Sámi culture due to forced assimilation and Norwegianization of the Sámi people.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Hailing from Planterhaug in Skånland,[4] he resides in Tromsø.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Sigbjørn Skåden". Forfatterkatalogen. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  2. ^ Vivo, Erika De (2022-11-24). "Márkomeannu#2118, the Future is Already Here: Imagining a Sámi Future at the Intersection of Art and Activism". Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture (12): 227–246. doi:10.18778/2083-2931.12.14. ISSN 2084-574X. Márkomeannu-2018 organizers consulted Sámi author Sigbjørn Skåden—one of the festival founders—discussing various aspects of the festival, including the festival-plot. Skåden was then working on his 2019 book Fugl, the first sci-fi novel written by a Sámi author. ↑
  3. ^ Wærp, Henning Howlid (2019). "Urfolks-science fiction? Verdens første samiske romfartsroman. Sigbjørn Skådens Fugl (2019)" (PDF). Norsk litterær årbok 2019. 141.
  4. ^ Reinås, Idar (20 July 2002). "Vil ha økonomisk sikkerhet". Sagat (in Norwegian). p. 2.