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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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At Tornao there is a great annual fair,
frequented by the mountain Laplanders
and Finlanders. At that season they resort
thither in great companies, and barter furs
and other commodities, the produce of their
country, for hardware and other necessaries.
This fair continues a week, and is
considered as a sort of Finland jubilee. When
they depart for their own mountains the
arrangement of their dear and loaded
pulchas or sledges makes a very singular
appearance. They do not travel in a mixed
multitude and without order, but with much
regularity and method. Precedency is always
claimed, and allowed to the senior. The
others follow in rotation, which presents to
the eye a procession of deer and sledges;
the uncouth figures of men, and utensils of
various kinds and shapes, extending from
seven to eight or nine miles in length.

The furs which are purchased by the
merchants of Tornao and the other Finland
towns, are made into male and female
dresses, and sent to Stockholm and other
parts of Sweden.

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