National Geographic : 1928 Oct
Photograph byNils Thomasson THE REINDEER PROVIDES THE LAPP WITH FOOD, CLOTHING, AND TRANSPORTATION He eats its smoked flesh, drinks its milk, preserves its blood, and sells its meat for a few luxuries, such assalt and snuff, bread, butter, and coffee. He makes tools out of its bones, warm winter boots and clothing out of its skin. To get about in winter he hitches ittoanakja (see page 468). In summer most of the Lapps live high up in the mountains of northern Sweden, where their valuable animals find better grazing and relief from tormenting mosquitoes and gadflies. If food and snow are scarce on the Swedish side, they cross to Norway. In the autumn they follow theanimals down tothe pine forests and pine barrens, where, under the snow, is the "reindeer moss."