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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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had taught a swarm of bees to hunt, and
even to kill, mice. It is impossible to say
how far the minds of the ignorant may be
imposed upon. It is not perhaps many
centuries ago that this story would have
found believers even in England.

We walked in the evening to the side of
the river to see the Finlanders draw their
nets at the salmon fishery. They form an
enclosure with poles driven down in the
water, the length of which is three
hundred yards, the breadth one hundred, with
only one entrance for the salmon. Every
two hours they draw their net, and
generally catch about forty or fifty salmon at a
time. The inhabitants of this place pickle
and salt it in barrels, and export it from
hence to all parts of Sweden. A large
quantity is smoked and dried, and sold
very cheap. Our landlord the same
evening bought a large salmon that weighed
twenty-one pounds for nine dollars copper
(about half-a-crown.) The pike is a fish
very abundant at Tornao, and in Lapland.
These also are dried by the natives and
sold to the merchants for exportation. But

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