Lappish author Oiva Arvola died in Rovaniemi on Saturday, January 23, exhausted by illness. He was 85 years old, born in Kolari on July 1, 1935.
Arvola was a primary school teacher and worked in Ylitornio, Kittilä and Rovaniemi for a total of 25 years.
In addition to her work as a teacher, she worked as a writer and won the JH Erko writing competition as early as 1958. Later, Arvola also worked as a tourism entrepreneur.
Arvola wrote novels, plays, short stories, auditions and poems inspired by the traditions, life and nature of the people of Lapland and the Tornio Valley.
He also compiled the dialect of Yliperä Equally because, which was also praised In Helsingin Sanomat. With the book, the inhabitants of the south also learned how the letter h has disappeared from us and they have survived in northwestern Lapland, because the dialect of Yliperä was “the oldest, non-Finnish language after Akriikola”.
“A humble man may not say half a sannyah when the listener shouts: There is ‘an elf’ again, who can’t speak to the leanest of people!” Arvola stressed In an interview with HS. “But the language of the Supreme – that’s a clear picture.”
Arvola also became known for his sagas and sagas and the “Kingdom of the Kampsuherra”, which he founded as a tourism company in Nivankylä, Rovaniemi, along the Ounasjoki River in 1995. The sagas and the baptisms of Lapland thus became known to tourists by a real expert.
“Oiva realized her own dreams and dreams creatively and boldly. He really wanted to keep the flag of Lapland high and the history and traditions of the people living in Lapland on display, ”says the author’s granddaughter Anna Arvola.
Author In addition to her work, Oiva Arvola also worked as a critic, rebel and in positions of trust in several literary associations and committees, including the State Literature Committee and an expert of the Central Arts Committee.
He received recognition for his life’s work with prizes such as the Provincial Writers Medal 2008, the Pearl Prize 2011 and the Kolari Culture Prize 2015.
Arvola was missed by the children and their families, cohabitant and a wide circle of friends.