- On hitherto unknown Sami subsistence branches recorded 1670-1950 (Föreläsning för universitet)
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EXTINCT(?): SEA SAMIS & COASTAL FOREST SAAMIS IN MID-SWEDEN
On hitherto unknown Sami subsistence branches recorded 1670-1950
Offered in May, June, and Mid-(late)September 2017
in Norway, Sweden, Finland
CLARKE wrote in 1799:
”Sundswall is a neat little town; but its appearance is very remarkable to a foreign traveller; because the houses of which it consists are all of them constructed like the cottages of the peasants — This would make a pleasant watering place and the shore is admirably well calculated for bathing There is here a small pier. The trade is much the same as that of Gefle the inhabitants carry on commerce with the port of London exporting bar iron, timber, deal, planks, tar pitch & c. They import salt a little hemp and sometimes but not often corn. There is a beautiful island in the bay to which the Laplanders bring annually and about this time of the year (July l) their reindeer for pasture. Before the winter sets in they return and take them away– A Lapland breed of dogs is common here resembling wolves — ” (Clarke 1803: s 257, PE accent.)
Christer Westerdahl and Ingvar Svanberg as well as Sonia Larsson mentioned the historically later Fishing or Sea Saamis. Now the turn has come to the older ones.
There are even indications that these subsistence stretched out all the way past Stockholm and beyond, even more south. Finnish coast is also still left to be studied.
Later Sea Saamis at Ulvö Island, photographed in 1890.
ABOVE: Picture from 1800s. The bay in-between Sundsvall and Alnö Island.