Lars Pirak

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Lars Pirak and his work
Lars Pirak at the Jokkmokk Winter Market in 2005, when the market celebrated its 400th anniversary.
Photo taken by Jerry MagnuM Porsbjer on February 5, 2005.

Lars Pirak (July 27, 1932 – October 2, 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. October 22, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Ridderström, Marie (October 6, 2008). "Lars Pirak är död" [Lars Pirak dies] (in Swedish). Norrländska socialdemokraten. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Umeå universitet:Profiler inom samisk kultur blir hedersdoktorer". Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Exempel på slöjd" [Examples of handicraft]. Lars Pirak. Retrieved June 22, 2010.