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Snölejoninna (English translation)

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Snow Lioness

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Of course I exist, I'm a feminist, environmentalist, and pacifist
I'm a snow-scooter hooligan and an egoist
I'm a Buddhist, I believe in Jesus Christ
I was here first, not last
Don't treat me like a legal battle
Between yours, mine, lines on a form,
Historic lies and fiction
Anti-racist my ass
When you don't see who you stole all your cash from
He, she, them*, son
You stole our land once
Native woman, snow lioness, I'm the rainbow in your retina,
I'm all that and more, "mon lean" queer, been here for thousands of years
Hey minister, can I talk to you?
Even though you have such a little office
This actually pertains to our world,
Do you know we commit suicide?
Because there's not very many of us left?
And things that concern the minority don't matter,
Do you understand that we don't want to disappear
When we've lived here as long as the country can remember?
Is this democracy?
When the majority has power over us
I want to be free
I belong here
Native woman, snow lioness, I'm the rainbow in your retina,
I'm all that and more, "mon lean" queer, been here for thousands of years
Eamiálbmot, álo gávdnon, mon lean lejonváibmu garra fámuin
Mon lean gait, bonju maid, arvedávgi ravddas ravdii
 
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Author's comments:

*hen is a gender-neutral term used in Swedish to avoid misconceptions with people who don't idenfity as "he" or "she"

Here's an interesting read about the song:
http://arcticjournal.com/culture/1318/we-were-here-first

I had posted someone else's translation here, but I realized the extent of the errors in it, so I did my own.

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Snölejoninna

Translations of "Snölejoninna"
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Ada LovegirlsAda Lovegirls    Fri, 29/03/2019 - 19:10

I was curious what the Sami at the end meant, so I tried translating it with a dictionary for any curious. I do not speak Northern Sami, I'm just a queer who loves languages and Sofia Jannok Regular smile So do not take it as a good translation.

Indigenous people, always been here, I am a lionheart with a strong will (or skin? not sure),
I am all [that], queer too, rainbow from corner to corner

swedensourswedensour    Thu, 04/04/2019 - 02:57

Hi I don't know Sami but I have pretty good knowledge of Swedish. But I just popped into ask where you found a Sami dictionary?

líadanlíadan    Thu, 04/04/2019 - 03:37

The source lyrics have been updated. Please review your translation.

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