Sami poet, dramatist, stage manager and artist from Guovdageaidnu, Norway.
Rawdna Carita Eira (born 1970) comes from a reindeer-herding family, and worked as a reindeer-herder until 2002. In 2004 she graduated at the Sami University in Guovdageaidnu as teacher with special focus on Sami language, Storytelling & Sami music yoik, and Indigenous studies. In 2010 she graduated from author studies at the Academy of Art at the University of Tromsø, Norway. She´s been employed as dramatist and stage manager at the Sami National Theatre Beaivváš in Guovdageaidnu for several years, and is also working as writer, composer and artist at her own company Guovssu Production.
Rawdna Carita Eira was nominated for The Nordic Councils Literature Award in 2012 for the poetry collection «ruohta muzetbeallji ruohta/ løp svartøre løp», and was nominated for the Norwegian Ibsen-award 2012 for the play «Guohcanuori šuvvá/ The song of Rotsund». She´s written lyrics for Sámi artist Mari Boine as well as other artists. In december 2015 she released her first album “Circus Polaria” in co-operation with Sami composer/musician Roger Ludvigsen and Kjetil Dalland.
Rawdna Carita Eira is currently working with Soundstreams and Signal Theatre in Toronto on the opera project “The Journey” directed by Michael Greyeyes – containing the first Cree-language opera Pimooteewin by Tomson Highway/Melissa Hui and Sami opera “Gállábártnit” with libretto byRawdna Carita Eira and music by Swedish composer Britta Byström.
Links to Rawdnas works:
Circus Polaria by Rawdna Carita Eira, Roger Ludvigsen & Kjetil Dalland:
“Elle” by Mari Boine from the movie “The Kautokeino rebellion” by Nils Gaup – lyrics by Rawdna Carita Eira:
“Skealbma” by Mari Boine – lyrics by Rawdna Carita Eira
“Soagnusilbbat – The courting jewellery” by Mari Boine – lyrics by Rawdna Carita Eira:
“Silbajávri/ The Silverlake” trailer from the play made by The Sami National Theatre Beaivváš 2012.
“Guohcanuori šuvvá/ The song of Rotsund” trailer from the play made by the Sami National Theatre Beaivváš 2011.