Laplanders Milking Reindeer, Norway

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Lapland is a stretch of country that extends over the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland in Russia. It is a country of mountains, forests, and frozen swamps. The Lapps are an ancient people. They have stories about themselves that go back hundreds of years. They say that a long, long time ago the people lived far to the southwest. They were driven out by warriors from the East. Slowly they traveled to the northwest till they came to Denmark. Then they crossed into Sweden, and now they are pushed into this cold land. The Lapps (they are called Finns in Norway) are a small people. They are about 5 feet tall and are queer looking. They have big mouths, turned-up noses, little eyes, and big cheek bones. Their chins are sharp. And the beard of the men is thin and scraggly. Their legs are short. The Lapps make their living by hunting and fishing. They used to use bows and arrows for weapons, but guns have now come into use. The game in the woods is plentiful, and there is an abundance of fish. Without these the Lapps could scarcely make a living. Their country is too cold to be farmed. There are no railways of roads to haul out lumber if the forests were cut. The Lapps have one faithful friend-the reindeer. These the people have tamed and they serve as both horses and cows. That is, reindeer pull the sledges, and furnish milk, butter, and cheese. The skins are used for clothes and coverings. The Lapps claim their ancestors drove reindeer clear across Europe when fleeing to their present home. How large are the reindeer here pictured? Notice the fence of brush; the young reindeer. How are the people clothed? Study the child's face. Keystone ID: 15770 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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