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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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over, that he may get drink. His food is
shrubs and plants, or moss and the bark of
trees. His legs are very hairy and his hoofs
moveable, for he expands and opens them
in going. He is an extremely swift, as well
as an extremely strong, animal.

After speaking of the rein-deer it is but
proper that I should mention the sledge
which renders them so useful. The sledge
is formed something like a boat. Its
bottom is convex, of course none but a person
well practised in such a mode of travelling
could preserve himself from overseting
every moment. It is square behind, but
projecting to appoint before. The traveller
is tied in this sledge like a child in a cradle.
He manages his carriage with great
dexterity by means of a stick with a flat end,
to remove stones or any obstructions which
he might meet with. In this situation they
travel with great rapidity.

The Laplander is very dexterous in
making utensils of wood. He is his own
carpenter and boat-builder. I was not a
little surprised, in a tent of wandering
Laplanders, to find the cheese which they make

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