HISTORICAL PERSONS IN THE KINGDOM OF THE SHAMAN

 

NB. The covers on the right hand side are links to the Norwegian editions of the books.

 

  • Sheldon Jackson, presbyterian priest and the Minister of Education for Alaska. Started the reindeer project on the Seward Peninsula.
  • Michael Healy, captain on The Bear.
  • William Kjellmann, Jackson's Norwegian leader of the Reindeer Project.
  • W.T.Lopp, Teller Reindeer Station, later at Prince Cape of Wales.
  • Aslak og Beret Somby, emigrated to Alaska in 1894.
  • Fredrik Larsen, bachelor, emigrated in 1894.
  • Per Aslaksen Rist, emigrated in 1894 with his wife Berit Anne Andersdtr. Spein and their children Marit and Inger.
  • Johan Svendsen Tornensis, emigrated in 1894 with his wife Marit Grete Salamonsdatter Näkäläjärvi and their daughter Berit. Johan Tornensis was the grandfather of Anne Susanne Tornensis. I am now writing a documentary about Anne Susanne, now 80 years old, who emigrated to the Mackenzie Delta in 1931, as a young girl of 7. Her parents, Susanne Johansdatter Tornensis and Aslak Mikkelsen Tornensis, were hired by the Canadian Government to teach the inuits reindeer herding in this area. They waited for the herd of 3000 reindeers lead by Anders Aslaksen Bær (mentioned later in this list). Anne's grandmother was Susanna Mikkelsdatter Hætta, who later married Aslak Johnsen Bals (mentioned under the Manitoban List). Susanna and Johan got a little daughter called Susanne Johansdatter Tornensis, even though they were not maried. Susanne was the mother of Anne Susanne Tornensis.
  • Mikkel Josefsen Näkkälä, emigrated in 1894 with his wife Berit Anne Klemetsdatter Hætta
  • Samuel Johnsen Kemi, emigrated in 1894 with his wife Kirsten Persdatter Bals and their children Samuel and Karen.
  • Mathis Aslaksen Eira, emigrated in 1894 with his wife Berit Johnsdatter Hætta and their son Aslak.
  • Wyatt Earp, former US Marshal. Stayed for some time in Nome during the 1890'es.
  • Jefferson R. Smith (Soapy Smith), gangleader in Skagway.
  • Anders Aslaksen Bær, emigrated to Alaska with the second wave of Saamis in 1898, the so called Manitoban Expedition. Bær (named Andrew Bahr in Alaska) became famous as the Artic Moses after leading a herd of some 3000 reindeers from Norton Sound to the Mackenzie Delta, Canada, in the years 1929-1935. Peter Lynch made a movie about this artic exodus called The Herd (1998).
  • Arthur Huntly, captain on the vessel James Allen.
  • Axsegroak, Ookwoodlet, Antisarlook og Kummuk (inupiats). Antisarlook became a great reindeer owner in Teller. His wife took over his herd after his death and is knwon as The Reindeer Queen. Her real name was Mary Antisarlook.
  • Carl Suhr, bought reindeers in Finnmark for the Manitoban Expeditjon.
  • A. Paulsen, bought reindeers for the Manitoban Expedition.
  • Hedley Redmyer, from Rødmyr, Langfjordbotn in Alta, Finnmark, Norway. Jackson's man during the Klondike Relief Expedition.
  • Regnor Dahl, from Vadsø, Finnmark, Norway. Leader of the group of emigrants that didn't attend the Relief Expedition to Klondike. They left for the new reindeer station in Eaton, near Unanakleet, Alaska.
  • Ed Jesson, the man who went by bicycle from Dawson City to Nome on the icy Yukon River. He met a Norwegian on skates, travelling a little slower than Jesson on his bike. 

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NAME OF THE EMIGRANTS OF THE MANITOBAN EXPEDITION IN 1898

 

  • Nils Sara
  • Isak Tornensis
  • Jacob Hætta
  • Lars Larsen Hætta
  • Otto Greiner
  • A. Klemetsen Biti
  • John Eriksen Eira
  • Per Mathisen Spein
  • Aslak Johnsen Bals, married to Susanna Tornensis, grandmother of Anne Susanne Tornensis (mentioned earlier in this list). Susanna and Johan Svendsen Tornensis (mentioned in the first list of emigrants in 1894) got a child, Susanne, even though they were not married. Johan emigrated to Alaska in 1894 with his wife Marit Salamonsdatter.
  • Per Larsen Anti
  • Hans Samuelson
  • Per Josefsen Porsanger
  • Nils Klemetsen
  • Ole Olesen Bær
  • Carl Sakariasen
  • Ole Krogh
  • Jeremias Abrahamsen
  • Rolf Wiig
  • Th. Kjeldsberg
  • Alfred Hermansen
  • Ole Rapp
  • Wilhelm Basi (he wrote a famous diary from the Manitoban Expedition)
  • Karl O. Suhr
  • Ole G. Berg
  • Magnus Kjeldsberg
  • Ole Johnsen Stensfjeld
  • Jafet Lindeberg (one of the members of the socalled Three Lucky Sweedes who found gold on the beaches of Nome)
  • Hilmar Hansen
  • John M. Johansen
  • Lauritz E. Larsen
  • Isak Andersen Bongo
  • Beret Eira
  • Ida J. Hætta
  • Sofia Andersen
  • Marit Persdatter Biti
  • Per Andersen
  • Samuel J. Balto
  • Otto M. Leinan
  • Anders Balto
  • Johan Peter Persen Rista
  • Aslak Aslaksen Gaup
  • Amund Hansen
  • Ole Olesen
  • Johan Petter Johanesen Nango
  • Peder Johanesen
  • Samuel Josefsen
  • Anders Johnsen
  • Ivar Persen Vest
  • Johannes Aslaksen Rauna
  • Johan Olsen Pulk
  • Lars Larsen Anti
  • Ole Johannesen Pulk
  • Lauritz Stefansen
  • Peder Berg
  • O. Paulsen
  • Johan Andersen
  • Mathis Klemetsen
  • Ole Klemetsen Hætta
  • Alfred Nilima
  • Nils Persen Bals
  • Anders Persen Utzi
  • Klemet Nilsen
  • J. P. Johanesen Stalogargo
  • Per Johannesen Hætta
  • Per Nilsen Siri
  • Klemet Persen Boine
  • Anders Aslaksen Bær (the leader of the reindeer herd of 3000 animals for the Canadian inuits at the Mackenzie River. Known as The Arctic Moses)
  • Hans Andersen Siri
  • Emil Kjeldsberg
  • Johan I. Tornensis
  • Isak J. Hætta

 

(Source: Ornulv Vorren:"Saami, Reindeer and Gold in Alaska", Davvi Girji, 1989, Norwegian and English edition available. Try Amazon.com).