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Ailo Gaup

Ailo Gaup (June 18, 1944 Kautokeino - September 24, 2014) was a Sámi author who wrote in Norwegian. He was born in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, in Sámiland, the northernmost part of Norway. Personal interest and the calling from the ancient drums made him take up the path of the Sámi shamans. Since the end of the 1980s, he has been teaching shamanism as a world heritage, based on Sámi traditions to interested groups and individuals. This has taken him to many places and countries to share what he knows and learn more about this world heritage. His root teacher is Michael Harner at The Foundation for Shamanic Studies in California.

Ailo Gaup presently lives just outside Oslo, Norway. He was involved in founding the Sámi theater Beaivváš Sámi Theatre in Kautokeino and also wrote plays for the theater. He has published poetry and novels in Norwegian and Sámi. His work is translated into English, French, German and Polish.

Nordic Studies Press offers a translation of his book Natten mellow dagene, or The Night Between Days.