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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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deer’s milk, and cheese made of the same
milk: occasionally they eat deer’s flesh,
but have no kind of bread. We presented
them in return for their civilities with some
wine, which, they seemed to relish very
much, but gave us to understand that
brandy would have been more acceptable.

The Laplanders are a strong-featured,
people, low in stature, but so
constitutionally hard as to bear the severity of the
most inclement season. These people are
generally born in woods, and are
frequently upon the snow, and wanderers from
their birth to their life’s end. Their huts
are formed of pieces of timber or rafters
joined together and covered with turf or
the branches or bark of pine trees, so that
architecture here, may be said to appear in
its first rudiments. Sometimes coarse cloth
makes a part of the covering of their tents.
In some places we were told, that their
houses were built upon the trunks of trees,
raised above the surface of the earth, or
upon a stone foundation, to prevent in those
desolate regions their being overwhelmed
in the enormous drifts of snow, or
devoured by wild beasts.

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