Lars Pirak

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Lars Pirak and his work

Lars Pirak (27 July 1932 – 2 October 2008)[1][2] was a Lule and North Sámi artist, yoiker and duodji master from Jokkmokk, Sweden. The Faculty of Arts at the University of Umeå conferred an honorary Doctorate on Pirak in 2003 in recognition of his contribution to the Sámi culture.[3]

Early life[edit]

Pirak was born to a family in the Tuorpon siida. He grew up at Luovaluokta near Lake Karats in Sweden. Already at the age of 18 he was known for his skills in Sámi duodji. In addition to his work with the traditional Sámi materials, he also painted with both watercolors and oil.[3] Pirak created works of art for the Sámi Folk High School (Swedish: Samernas folkhögskola) in Jokkmokk and for the town hall in Piteå. He also has pieces in museums across the world.


The Saltripan are Pirak's most well known sculptures. These white salt cellars are made from reindeer antler in the shape of a ptarmigan.[4] The bowl forms the body of the ptarmigan and the spoon its tail.


  1. ^ "Lars Pirak". Árran – Sami culture and news blog. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  2. ^ Ridderström, Marie (6 October 2008). "Lars Pirak är död" [Lars Pirak dies] (in Swedish). Norrländska socialdemokraten. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Umeå universitet:Profiler inom samisk kultur blir hedersdoktorer". Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Exempel på slöjd" [Examples of handicraft]. Lars Pirak. Retrieved 22 June 2010.