Art: A Sculpture for the Lapps

Life among the Swedish Lapps who roam the tundras above the Arctic Circle was a dolorous affair a century ago. As a result, the Lapps drowned their sorrows in barrels of aquavit. Then into the Laplanders' midst came Lars Levi Laestadius, famed botanist and Lutheran minister, with a message of hellfire and brimstone of such urgency that it sobered up Laplanders by the hundreds, set off a revivalist movement that is still a major force for morality and sobriety.

Last week in one of Preacher Laestadius' old strongholds, the community of Jukkasjarvi far above...

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