National Geographic

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Sámi reindeer herders

Jason Roberts

A small boat follows the herd, ready to assist any calves that are not strong enough to swim the distance.

Every part of the reindeer was once used by herders; the antlers to make buttons, the blood for sausages and the skin for snow shoes, which were then stuffed with sedge grass for extra warmth.