March 18, 2012

Lávut, Scandinavia

Photograph by Erika Larsen

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Frames of lávut are a common sight in Sami yards, where they are used for smoking meat. Sami have long used the tents as portable shelters—their wide bases and forked poles enable them to withstand winds of up to 50 miles an hour on the Arctic tundra. Easy to transport and erect, the frames were originally covered with reindeer skins, but waxed canvas or lightweight woven materials are more common today.

See more pictures from the November 2011 feature story "Sami: The People Who Walk With Reindeer."

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