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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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distance. We got out of the carriage, and
walked about the distance of an English
mile, through a very thick wood, where
we found their family in a tent or hut. This
consisted of an old man, his wife, a young
man and his wife with a very young child, I
probably about two months old. The
infant was most curiously trussed up in
cradle or machine, almost resembling a
fiddle-case, made of the thick bark of a tree, so l
formed that it exactly contained the babe
who was fixed in it with a kind of brass
chain, made so portable and light that the
mother might easily carry it in one hand.
This cradle, which is also sometimes made of
a hollow piece of timber like a small boat,
the Lapland women when they travel tie
with the child in it to their back. The
child is not covered with bed-clothes, but
with a soft and fine moss, over which they
lay the tender skin of a young rein-deer.
When they rock the child they fasten the
cradle with a rope to the top of the hut,
and tossing it from one side to the other,
lull the child asleep. This Lapland family
invited us to their tent, and offered us their
common and only fare, which consists of

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