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With the Lapps in the High Mountains: A Woman Among the Sami, 1907-1908

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With the Lapps in the High Mountains is an entrancing true account, a classic of travel literature, and a work that deserves wider recognition as an early contribution to ethnographic writing. Published in 1913 and available here in its first English translation, it is the narrative of Emilie Demant Hatt's nine-month stay in the tent of a Sami family in northern Sweden in ...more
ebook, 204 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published 1913)
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Julie
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With the Lapps in the High Mountains A Woman Among the Sami, 1907-1908 by Emilie Demant Hatt
I was predisposed to enjoy this book, being a huge fan of travel writing (of all kinds, including the translator Barbara Sjoholm's) and having confirmed my Sami heritage last year. Although I had been on a Sami history reading jag for the past 18 months, I had never read ANYTHING like this, and had no expectation of falling in love with the voice, which is not only that of a sensitive ethnographer, an intrepid traveler, a reveler in nature, and a sharp-eyed artist, but of a soft-hearted and wr
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Nathan Zorndorf
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book on a whim, after deciding to visit Lapland this Winter, and WOW did I get lucky with this find. Absolutely fantastic. The book follows a self-made ethnographer from Denmark who spends a year with the Sami, migrating through incredibly harsh conditions in Lapland (northern norway, sweden, and finland). The Sami's life is harder than almost anything I could imagine, and reading this account of it makes me appreciate everything I have. Learning about the racism and unfair trea ...more
Christin Curran
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly delightful.
Toni
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely wonderful. Written so long ago and totally based on fact. I loved the authors writing style and her totally non judgemental description of the Sami people. Many times I felt I was there with her and her friends. I was so sorry when this book finished - although it did take me a long time to read! Only my own time constraints, it would be a great book to read over a few days. It felt like I had lost an old friend when I came to the end! I bought the book as a last minute ...more
Sonja
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was translated from the Danish by a local author in my area. The original author, Emilie Demant Hatt, spent the better part of a year and a half with the Sami people in northern Sweden and accompanied them on a winter migration. Demant Hatt had such respect for the Samis and loved this adventure but the living conditions were very harsh and I don't think many modern people could survive the severity of the weather, living in tents in extremely cold weather, not ...more
Leslie
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a completely fascinating glimpse into a time and place, people and their lives that are so foreign to our modern-day world. Since the author wrote this book more than 100 years ago, I was worried that the language would be stilted and hard to comprehend, but since it was only translated last year, the language used in the book comes across as fresh and accessible. The author was an amazingly perceptive person, and the landscapes, Sami people and their reindeer herds really spring from th ...more
Jayne
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
life with the Sami

It was very much like a journal it was behind the scenes of everyday life of the Sami . I experienced some of these things in the 1970's and found the History and way of living hadn't changed much in 70 years. The book is more of a documentary so a slower read.
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Danish artist and self-trained ethnographer who lived among the Sami of Swedish Lapland in the first two decades of the twentieth century.
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