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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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LETTER XVIII.



Tornao.

The wealth of the Laplanders consists
chiefly in the number of rein-deer. These
draw their sledges in winter, but in summer
these animals loose their vigour and
swiftness, and are easily overcome by heat. I
have seen them reclining in the woods, and
apparently so enfeebled, as scarcely able
to get out of your way. When thus
oppressed they make a noise resembling the
grunting of an hog. Even then the
Laplanders make use of them to transport their
effects from one station to another, which
they have occasion to do more frequently in
summer than in winter, as they are then in
quest of fertile plains for the maintenance
of their numerous flocks.

The rein-deer is of the shape of the stag,
but rather stronger. The hair light, rather
inclining to an ash colour. His horns are
very long and finely branched. The lower
branches, which fall very near the forehead,
are said to be used by the animal in
breaking the ice, when the waters are frozen

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