Exchange trade without speech

Exchange trade without speech
Exchange trade without speech

The town of Tornio boasts a particularly beautiful and advantageous location, and in proceeding north towards the North Pole there is no other marketplace as popular as this one in the region as a whole. Those who congregate there are White Russians, Laplanders, the people of Bjarmia, northerners, Finns, Swedes, the people of Häme and Helsinglanders. Innumerable numbers of people come across the towering fells of Norway and across wide expanses of wilderness, as from Jämtlann as well. They traverse one section of the journey in long, narrow boats built for the fast-flowing rapids and another in conveyances pulled by tame reindeer that resemble elk as well as part of the way by means of certain types of bent poles. The inhabitants of the North engage in honest trade on the basis of mutual understanding without using any speech. This is due to the diversity of the people—not the lack of intelligence or because of their barbaric ways: it is only that they have their own tongue which is nearly unknown to their neighbours. Commerce is practised with fish and costly furs, which are exchanged for woollen cloth and linen, salt and various kinds of flour. [read more: Description of the Northern Peoples, p. 204-205]