Niillas Holmberg is a Saami poet, musician, actor and activist. He has published six books of poetry and has been translated into more than ten languages. As a musician he works as a vocalist, guitarist, composer and lyricist. He performs with several bands: electronic music with YLVA, arctic folk music with Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää and world music with Nordic Namgar. All bands work and perform internationally. Niillas has also worked as an actor on theatre and TV.
For many years he has been involved in several movements against exploitation of nature, such as mining, in the traditional Saami areas. Environmental and cultural aspects are the core of his artistic expression and he is known as an upfront spokesman for Saami and indigenous rights to self-determination.
Niillas lives in his native Ohcejohka (Utsjoki), Saamiland (occupied by Finland).
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AWARDS AND HONOURS
The Sámi of the Year 2016
Lapland Art Prize 2015