Ante Aikio is a reindeer herder, yoik singer, author and modern entrepreneur living between two worlds himself, splitting his time between his companies and his reindeer herd. Both are far beyond the polar circle – in the land of Sami mythology and tales.
Ante founded Samiland exhibition with his partners in 2011 (samiland.fi) and Goranus in 2013. He´s been yoiksinging since his childhood and done collaborations with various artists. He published his debut album in 2020.
Goranus Oy is a company established in 2013 and based on a deep respect and pride of ancient Sami beliefs. The mission of the company is to increase all people’s awareness of Sami mythology. Today this is possible, but this has not always been the case. Some centuries ago, we would probably have been persecuted for sorcery.
The company wants to carry on business in an authentic Sami spirit, which is why the basis of the company and creation of its story have been entrusted to Sami people. We are a Sami company at heart and in spirit, and this spirit we feel to include a strong respect for nature and awareness of the wisdoms passed down to us from our ancestors. Our innovations spring from the fells and mountains of Samiland and its virginal nature – now and always!
Goranus is in entertainment business. We are now publishing books and stories and related promotional products. The first book was published in Finnish and is now translated in english. The mythology guide is translated in six languages. Goranus is planning games, movies and theme park based on sami mythology and is working in close relationship with sami exhibition Samiland which belongs to Unesco Cultural Village program. Our R&D has produced first illustrations of sami characters after intensive study of the ancient culture and heritage.