With the Lapps in the High Mountains
A Woman among the Sami, 1907–1908
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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No one wishing to know anything about the Sami reindeer herding peopleof northern Fennoscandia can fail to encounter the name of Emilie DemantHatt, a name forever associated with that of Johan Turi and his book MuitalussÃ¡miid birra. Muitalus appeared in English in ïïïï as Turiâs Book of Lapp-land, the first book by a Sami author, but it is also very much Emilieâs book....
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Thanks are due the following people for help with the translation and myresearch on Emilie Demant Hattâs life and work over the years: in Denmark,Lis Bruselius, Mette Dyrberg of the Skive Art Museum, John Fellow, and RolfGilberg and Jesper Kurt-Nielsen of the National Museum of DenmarkâsEthnographic Collection; in Norway, Cathrine Baglo, Harald Gaski, John...
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In the summer of ïïïï, a small item appeared in a newspaper in TromsÃ¸,Norway, under the title âA Danish Lapp-Lady.â A Miss Demant was to befound not far from town in Tromsdalenâa valley that served as a summerhome for the Sami pastoralists who followed their reindeer herds in an annualShe has spent a whole year with a Lapp family, has dressed herself in Lappish...
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June ï, and thereâs snow everywhere! That means experiencingspring twice this year. At home in Denmark, in Jutland, the fjords already woretheir summer colors, and when I traveled through the moors between Viborgand LangÃ¥ on the night of May ï ï, the dark hills lay breathing in the whitenight, under a moon ringed with green, while flocks of birds flew north. Here,...
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...setthe belt aside (if you donât take oï¬ the belt, itâs said, jokingly, Stallo will comein the night and lift you up with it).5 When weâd lain down, the dogs sniï¬edaround for leftover scraps. The shadows of the flames shone through the thinlinen walls of the mosquito tenting; the dogsâ large shadows came and went.The fire died down, and the sun grew strong; the birds came and perched on...
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...-tailed, toothless, and very old, but was he a dog! And although he had only oneeye, he had that one; he didnât need to hear. Benno knew his work and neededno commands. He was on the go from morning until night, even though it washard on the old legs. He chose his post at a spot high enough that he couldoversee the section of the herd that lay within his ability to reach. He worked...
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...eyglided over and under and behind each other, changing from black and gray tothe wildest fire red. It was as if you looked out over an endless swamp anddown into a bottomless abyss and the fire was everywhere. It could make yougrow uneasy, standing on your small patch of groundâas if you inhabited anhad to be prepared well in advance for the autumn storms. In particular, every-...
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...stoften the result is that the child is unfit for all his work after the school period.Itâs diï¬cult for him to orient himself in the mountains. He doesnât recognizethe reindeerâs appearance to the high degree necessary, doesnât have âlasso-But all that could probably be relearned if the passion for mountain lifewere only preserved, and here lies the heart of the matter: far too often, thatâs...
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...ewere people in the tent. But naturally they didnât agree about the spoils andbegan to fight viciously. Since the fight took place at the edge of big fire, thiswould no doubt have ended with singed fur and burns, if I hadnât taken a firmThe scene was grotesque: the crying and shrieking of many people, the wildbarking and fighting of the dogs, the steaming pot that boiled over, since no...
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...e bullwas untamed and in a complete rage; it took both skill and strength to towthe wild animal forward between the trees and rocky outcroppings for sevenor eight kilometers. The path of the Lapp and the bull was very irregular;ultimately, they disappeared far ahead of us. The reindeer caravan steppedsedately behind, with people and dogs. Now came the reaction to an exhaust-...
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...sor decided by any timetable. One day or the nextâit doesnât matter much, ifI wasnât able to set out with Sara and Nikki because of influenza, but sev-eral days after their departure I followed with a young married pair, who alsobelonged to our siida. Theyâd been busy in the storehouse with putting awaythe summer things and taking out the winter gear. Everything had to be...
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...âTheir sense of beauty is well developed; their feeling for form and color fineand certain. The men are born artists as far as form and ornamentation areconcerned when they work in reindeer antler and in wood, and the womenâstaste is just as sure when they sew their caps, belts and other things. The chil-dren have an aesthetic sense from birth. Once, when I walked together with...
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...rn outand is killed). ÄÃ¦ppe was in fact a fighter who resorted to using his teeth onrivals when he grew hungry for the opposite sex. It was his fate to die for thesake of his hot blood. One autumn day, while the reindeer were in the corraland everyone was very busy there, a dog fight arose among the pack of dogsoutside. ÄÃ¦ppe was vanquished. When two dogs fight and the others see...
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Sara (Siri Turi) and Emilie Demant Hatt, Laimolahti, ïïïï (Nordiska MuseetElle and Nilsa (Anne and Andaras Turi) reading on Sunday, Laimolahti, ïïïïâThe siida foremanâ (unidentified) and his dog, Laimolahti, ïïïïSara (Siri Turi) packing up the sled, with her tame reindeer Leksu, ïïïïâïSara and Nilsa (Siri Turi and her son Andaras) with the reindeer Leksu, winter...
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XIIFor us, home in the tent, life went on as usual. Comforts grewfewer, as the darkness and cold increased. The moon shone in the middle ofthe day, the northern lights flickered, and everything froze between your fin-gers. The knife at your belt froze fast in its sheath, and if you wanted to eatwith a knife or spooân, it had to be warmed next to the fire so it wouldnât stick...
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...-branched tree trunk, or bieggacaggi, can be set up against the place where theinterior crossbeam joins the tent poles, as a support on the side facing thewind. When thereâs a really bad storm, you can also bring two such windbraces inside the tent, where they cross each other and take up a great dealof room. To make the structure properly sturdy, you can further wrap a rein...
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...edhimself by running, barking wildly, around the tent, near the fire area. No onehindered his joy; on the contrary, everyone looked pleased at the little furrychapâs playfulness. But when he wanted to jump over the pot of gruel on thehearth, which was half-full after mealtime, he turned the lid over and Tji-Tjidisappeared into the gruel. Then, oh dear, he was hastily fished out and put in...
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In between the trees, the sparks of the fire rose up in the dark air; there wasthe siida. When we drove in between the tents, several door flaps were lifted up;a figure showed itself against a fire-lit background to see who the arrivals were.Never had the tent seemed to me so large and cozy as that evening. Freshspruce branches had been laid on the floor. Sara sat in front of the fire with...
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...emorning, where everything inside was white with thick frost crystals. Thedogs too were white with frost; their breath frozen. Our little puppy had nowgrown up to such an extent that he decided on his own where he wanted tosleep, and heâd chosen a spot under my chin. There he lay with his head nearmy face so that my breath could keep him warm. Often when the tempera-...
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By happy accident, in March my wish to go to Karesuando was ful-filled. This was around MÃ¡rjjÃ¡beaivi, Maryâs Day (March ï ï ), the great Lappfair. In Karesuando during the holiday I met many Lapps and wanted to gowith them on their spring migration into Norway, which would soon begin.The Talma Lapps, with whom Iâd been staying up to now, were in fact heading...
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...,dark, and hardships for all these months. In the morning weâll begin a newtrek that even the Lapps dread. For example, when Rauna, on one occasion oranother complains about anything thatâs diï¬cult, her mother will often say toher, âYou have nothing to complain about, as long as youâre not still âin front ofthe mountains.ââ (Vare-ouddan, a place on the last migration route where the...
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XIXItâs summer, hot, trembling summer. The sun glints and sparkleslike little bolts of lightning on all the glossy leaves and blades of grass; thebrook behind the tents is gilt-edged with buttercups. You canât imagine thepleasure of walking on soft turf after long months of only having snow, ice,and stones under your feet. All the winter stiï¬ness of soul and body relaxes;...
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...http://www.emiliedemanthatt.com. A website about Emilie Demant Hatt main-http://archive.org/details/medlapperneihj00dema. The full text of the originalDanish edition of Med lapperne i hÃ¸jfjeldet from the Internet Archive.Beach, Hugh. A Year in Lapland: Guest of the Reindeer Herders. Seattle: UniversityGaski, Harald, ed. In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Contemporary Sami Prose and...
Page Count: 203
Illustrations: 15 b/w photos, 3 maps
Publication Year: 2013