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Nordic Sámi language prize Gollegiella awarded to Ellen Pautamo and Jonar Thomasson

Ministry of Education and CultureMinistry of Justice
Publication date 18.11.2020 14.00
Press release

Ellen Pautamo (Ergon Máreha Ánne Elle-Máret) from Tampere and Jonar Thomasson from Limingen have been awarded the 2020 Nordic Sámi language prize Gollegiella for their contributions to the promotion of the Sámi languages.

Ellen Pautamo, Lecturer in the Sámi Language and Culture, received the Gollegiella prize for her merits as a teacher of the North Sámi language. Language expert Jonar Thomasson received the prize for the work he has done for the South Sámi language.

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson announced the prize winners today in Helsinki in connection with a meeting of the ministers responsible for Sámi affairs in Norway, Sweden and Finland and the presidents of the Sámi Parliaments of the three countries.

”I would like to extend my warmest thanks to both prize winners for the important work they have done to promote the Sámi languages. I hope that Pautamo's and Thomasson’s work will increase our interest in and appreciation for the Sámi languages and culture,” Minister of Justice Henriksson says.

Ellen Pautamo is one of the most important developers of distance teaching of the Sámi language. She works at the virtual school of the Sámi Education Centre as a Lecturer in the Sámi Language and Culture. Poutamo is a skilled, inventive and inspiring teacher who also serves as a teacher trainer.

Jonar Thomasson is a language expert and popular language consultant who has been instrumental in transmitting the Sámi language and culture and in preserving historical knowledge. Thomasson has contributed to the preservation and development of the Sámi language by documenting the South Sámi language. He has compiled stories, words and phrases in South Sámi in his book ‘Mojhtsijstie’.

The prize is EUR 15,000. As there are two winners this year, the prize money was divided between Pautamo and Thomasson.

Johanna Hautakorpi, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 2951 50018, [email protected]
Malin Brännkärr, State Secretary, tel. +358 40 534 7727, [email protected]
Niklas Mannfolk, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 306 3990, [email protected]

Tauno Ljetoff, chair of the award committee, tel. +358 40 589 3249, [email protected]

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