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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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of all the fish which their water can
supply, none is to be compared with the ruda
either for goodness or flavour. It
resembles the carp in shape, and is equally
pleasant to the palate.


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LETTER XVII.



Tornao.

The Laplanders in general are below the
middle stature, with flat faces, high check
bones, long black hair, and their
complexions of a mahogany hue. Their
habitations are dirty to a great degree, but on
account of their unsettled life are portable.
They leave an aperture at the top which
serves both for window and chimney, and
a small hole on one side for entrance. In
short, their dwellings are not unlike those
described in Cook’s Voyage of the
inhabitants of Kamschatka. The Laplanders are
muscular and active, though at the same
time, which seems to imply a
contradiction, they are naturally idle, but, perfectly
pacific in their tempers. The women

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