A young reindeer herder is following his trekking herd. As he settles for the night and falls asleep, he is visited by an apparition of an old man with frosted white hair. The old man tells the young herdsman to open up his senses and gain strength and knowledge from nature. He then disappears. The young herdsman wakes up and realizes that the Frost Haired had some important message for him and he begs him to return. The old wise man returns and in poetic terms and song opens up the young man’s eyes to the necessity for us humans to continue our interaction with, dependency upon, and most importantly respect for nature, the environment, and each other for the long-term welfare and survival of the planet. Man must never forget that he is only a small part of nature, of life, of the universe. The Frost Haired brings the young man back to sleep, leaves his shamanic cane by his side and flies away in the shape of an owl. The young herdsman wakes up and seeing the cane, he realizes that this was not just a dream. He rejoices in his new strength and wisdom given him by the Frost Haired.

  • Writer: Nils Aslak Valkeapää
  • Music: Nils Aslak Valkeapää
  • Director: Haukur J. Gunnarsson
  • Choreographer and co-director: Indra Lorentzen
  • Set Designer: Aage Gaup
  • Costume Designer: Berit Marit Hætta
  • Musical Director: Roger Ludvigsen
  • Light Design: Kurt Hermansen
  • Make-up: Sven Henriksen


  • English: Roy Tommy Eriksen ja/and Harald Gaski
  • Finnish: Pekka Sammallahti
  • Swedish: Katarina Gäddnäs
  • Japanese:


  • The Frost-haired: Egil Keskitalo
  • The reindeer Herdsman: Nils Henrik Buljo
  • Chorus: Inga-Máret Gaup-Juuso, Iŋgor Ántte Áilu Gaup, Mary Sarre


  • Roger Ludvigsen guitar
  • Bjørn Ole Rasch keyboard
  • Patrick Shaw Iversen flutes
  • Espen Høgmo percussions


  • Photo: Aslak Mikal Mienna
  • Poster design: Nils Áilu N. Utsi
  • Poster photos: Per Ola Utsi, Kenneth Hætta
  • Sound design: Svein Egil Oskal
  • Production- and tour technicians: Bernt Morten Bongo, Svein Egil Oskal, Morten Sara, Olav Johan Eira, Bernt Roger Somby
  • Seamstresses: Britt Halonen, Biret Rávdna Länsman, Ann Majbritt Eriksen
  • Program editors: Rawdna Carita Eira, Aslak Mikal Mienna, Haukur J. Gunnarsson
  • Organizer and language consultant in Finland: Pop Communication/Patrik Edman
  • Controller: Anne Marie Turi
  • Sami translation in program: Britt Inga M. Vars
  • Producer: Leif Isak Nilut
  • Copyright: Lásságámmi

Programme – Sámegillii, Svensk, Suomi, English.

Duration of the play: 65 min.

Premiere: Guovdageaidnu, 7th of June, 2013 (a new premiere)

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