National Geographic : 2011 Nov
• A stuffed reindeer decorates a grocery store in the town of Jokkmokk, Sweden. Ingrid Gaup (right) attended boarding school in Sweden before marrying and moving to Norway. She follows the Sami tradition of making some household items herself. She collects "shoe grass" in river marshes, dries and braids it, then shapes it to fit inside winter boots. "It traps warm air and absorbs moisture much better than modern insulation," says Ingrid.