National Geographic : 1949 Jul
) National lieograpnlle Sor(Jcly 109 agracolor oy ioran a,garu Stern-faced Lapp or Velvet-antlered Reindeer-Which Is Truly the Master? The nomadic mountain Lapp may own a thousand deer, yet they rule his life. To follow their search for pasture, he sacrifices fixed abode. Though they plunge into the teeth of a blizzard, he must follow, for the herd represents his meat. milk, furs, and leather. Even reindeer sinews are used as thread, antlers made into knife handles. The Lapps' ancestral origins presumably lie in Asia. for many bear the Mongoloid stamp. Others. children of intermarriage, are tall and fair. Lapland has no fixed frontier; it extends across Arctic Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Attention was focused on Lapland recently when a Finnish wolf hunt was described by Moscow as a sinister military maneuver. Wolves are the principal enemies of the Lapps' reindeer herds.