Vaalgamaa was born in Košrags on the northern coast of Courland. Like many other Livonians, his family got their living from fishing. Edgar Vaalgamaa however didn't want to be a fisherman, but went to study theology at the University of Helsinki in 1934. He graduated in 1939, but was unable to return because of World War II. Edgar stayed in Finland and volunteered in the Continuation War. After the war he worked as a Lutheran pastor in several different churches. At the same time he translated the Latvian epic poem "Lāčplēsis" into Finnish. Later he wrote the book Valkoisen hiekan kansa, which is one of the largest books about the Livonian people's history and culture. Edgar Vaalgamaa died in 2003, but the Vaalgamaa family still lives in Finland.
- Vaalgamaa, Edgar; Šuvcāne, Valda (2001). Valkoisen hiekan kansa liiviläisten historiaa ja kulttuuria. ISBN 978-951-796-235-3.
- Livones.lv: Edgars Vālgamā (Latvian)
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