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. Besides working solo he has performed with several bands e.g. YLVA, Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää, Nordic Namgar. He has also worked as an actor on theatre and TV.
Niillas is known as an upfront spokesman for Saami and indigenous rights to self-determination. He has been involved in several movements working against the oppression of indigenous peoples and exploitation of nature in traditional Saami areas. Environmental and cultural aspects are the core of his artistic expression.
Niillas lives in his native Ohcejohka (Utsjoki), Saamiland (occupied by Finland).
Jalkapohja is the newest poetry collection of Niillas in Finnish, published by Gummerus in 2019. The book is also a major work of illustrations by the Saami artist Inga-Wiktoria Påve.
Click on the covers to listen to tracks from each album:
Music video Lipn by YLVA feat. Suohpanterror:
AWARDS AND HONOURS
The Sámi of the Year 2016
Lapland Art Prize 2015