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The Lapps

Suomalainen pirtti Tornion pitäjässä Länsipohjan maakunnassa
Reindeer driving

The Tornionlaakso Valley was inhabited by the settlers at the time the French arrived there so they meet only a few Lapps (Sami) such as the girls herding reindeer on the Aavasaksa fell and some Lapps journeying on the ice of the river Tornionjoki.

In his journals de Maupertuis records uninhibitedly his observations and views. The picture drawn by him is far from favourable. The descriptions do, however, supply the reader with information on the Lapps' conditions of life, their perseverance and their exquisite skill in handling reindeer. The reindeer gave the Lapps all that was necessary for life: food, clothing, a means of transport and trading. Every part of the reindeer was made good use of. Just like the farmer and his horse so do the Lapp and his reindeer get on with very little.

The Tornionlaakso Yearbook 1977:
We came across with Lapp caravans (ss. 155-157)

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