However, I say I had not the least doubt of his sincerity and pious intentions; and I am firmly of opinion, if the rest of the Popish missionaries were like him, they would strive to visit even the poor Tartars and Laplanders
, where they have nothing to give them, as well as covet to flock to India, Persia, China, &c., the most wealthy of the heathen countries; for if they expected to bring no gains to their Church by it, it may well be admired how they came to admit the Chinese Confucius into the calendar of the Christian saints.
In the winter bleakness a hunger for colour came over people, like the Laplander
's craving for fats and sugar.
Some gamesome wights will tell you that they have to plant weeds there, they don't grow naturally; that they import Canada thistles; that they have to send beyond seas for a spile to stop a leak in an oil cask; that pieces of wood in Nantucket are carried about like bits of the true cross in Rome; that people there plant toadstools before their houses, to get under the shade in summer time; that one blade of grass makes an oasis, three blades in a day's walk a prairie; that they wear quicksand shoes, something like Laplander
snowshoes; that they are so shut up, belted about, every way inclosed, surrounded, and made an utter island of by the ocean, that to their very chairs and tables small clams will sometimes be found adhering, as to the backs of sea turtles.
Samuel Laing says that "the Laplander
in his skin dress, and in a skin bag which he puts over his head and shoulders, will sleep night after night on the snow ...
Originally, Murmansk was all about fur trapping and reindeer herding: the region's traditional inhabitants (who, following the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947, were given the option to stay in Soviet Russia or resettle in Finland) the semi-nomadic Laplanders
The moment you step into Santa Claus Village, and thus the Arctic Circle, you realise Laplanders
can't do tacky - there's too much beautiful pine furniture everywhere and too many centuries of sensible reindeer husbandry in their genes for that.
Carnoluskij's notes, for instance, we find the following passage: "The movements of the Laplanders
apparently have nothing in common with those of the Ter Coast people.
Indeed, the Laplanders
have been encouraging them to nest in such boxes for many years now, in order to procure their eggs!
Indeed, the reputation of Laplanders
for speaking their mind or, alternatively, saying nothing at all, is well known in Sweden.
in Finland until the year 1945 [in Finnish].
(1) Later in the opening session, a young man also in traditional dress presented several jojking, like kulning, an unaccompanied textless vocalism, but in this case traditional work songs originating among the Sami and Laplanders
of northern Scandinavia.
This lyrical portrait of a family reveals the assimilation of the Saami people, who are sometimes referred to by the more derogatory term of Laplanders