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I am a Young Reindeer Herder

September 24, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

The “Young Reindeer Herder” movement was initiated in 2015 in the Evenki village called Iengra, in Republic of Yakutia, Russia. The movement, which has an Evenki name – bi ilmakta ete’yechimni, encourages children to continue reindeer husbandry and also promotes delivering traditional knowledge from elders to youth.  One of the brightest achievements of the children’s movement is organizing  traditional children’s reindeer race, the number of participants of this competition is growing every year. The movement also attracts reindeer herding youth who study at the indigenous boarding school “Arctic” which is situated in Neryungri, Russia.

 22 – 23 of September the “Arctic” school has been celebrating the annual Bakaldin Festival (in Evenki language Bakaldin means meeting) and this year’s celebration was to honor reindeer.

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Mikhail Pogodaev from WRH attends Arctic Council SDWG meeting in Finland

September 23, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaEALLULeave a comment

Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council had just finished it regular meeting in Inari, Finland (Sept.21-22,2017 www.sdwg.org ). And reelected chair of the Board of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev has attended the meeting, where he has updated the SDWG members about the status of the EALLU:Arctic Indigenous Youth, Climate Change and Food Culture project and received many positive feedbacks on the presentation. 

 

 

WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev at the Arctic Council SDWG meeting in Finland

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Opening Ceremony and Cultural Program Now Available

August 15, 2017 • Philip Burgess6 WRHC, Blog, ProjectsLeave a comment

Tomorrow, the 6th World Reindeer Herders Congress gets underway in the town of Jokkmokk, Sweden. You can now view the opening ceremony programme and cultural programme and the professional and scientific programme can be found here.

Opening Ceremony

6WRHC PROGRAM

Cultural Programme

6WRHC CULTURAL PROGRAMME

 

 

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Programme for 6th World Reindeer Herders Congress Released

August 14, 2017 • Philip Burgess6 WRHC, Blog, ProjectsLeave a comment

The final programme for the World Reindeer Herders’ Congress of 2017, being held this week in the village of Jokkmokk, in Sweden, has just been released. The professional part of the programme includes talks on the multiple themes of the Congress which include Culinary Traditions, Food Culture and Youth; Land Use Change and Fragmentation; Traditional handicrafts; Health of Humans and Animals; Education, Research and Management; and a side trip to the Laponia national park where talks related to the theme of Biodiversity, climate change and Protected Areas will be held.

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6WRHC Prof Day 18Aug
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REGISTRATION FOR THE 6TH WORLD REINDEER HERDERS’ CONGRESS IS NOW CLOSED

August 12, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

 

An updated program will be published shortly 

 

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DEADLINE to send registration forms for the 6 WRHC HAS BEEN PROLONGED

June 16, 2017 • Svetlana AvelovaBlogLeave a comment

The organizers of the 6WRHC inform that the deadline for applications has been extended until July 30  (due to visa processing), and August 10 for participants who does not need visa.

Download the registration form here.

Information about the Congress is here

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EALLU book now available online

May 30, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

The Arctic Council SDWG EALLU book entitled “EALLU; Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins” which was launched at the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks, Alaska is now available to download on the Arctic Council document archive.

Over millennia, Arctic Indigenous People’ culinary traditions and food culture have nourished peoples, enriched communities, bound generations and embodied the very essence of ‘sustainability’. Indigenous food production and processing systems ensured that by connecting to the deep cycles of the seasons, sun and moon, and their specific ecological niches, and their rich knowledge, herders, hunters, fishers and gatherers could sustain human and animal life over thousands of years. This is not ‘Traditional Knowledge’ constructed in the form of a declaration or political statement. This is ancient knowledge enacted in the everyday.
This is a book about the fabulous abundance and diversity of food in the Arctic. While many think of the Arctic as a place of harsh climate and scarcity, in fact the Arctic hosts an extraordinary food culture, built on 10,000 years of knowledge, and intergenerational knowledge transfer.
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Arctic Council SDWG EALLU Traditional Foods Book Launches Today

May 10, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

One of the main deliverables from the EALLU project is officially launched today at a side event to the Arctic Council Ministerial. The book is entitled “INDIGENOUS YOUTH, ARCTIC CHANGE & FOOD CULTURE. FOOD, KNOWLEDGE AND HOW WE HAVE THRIVED ON THE MARGINS”.

In terms of the breadth and scope, this is a unique publication that encompasses the traditional food culture of 14 different indigenous peoples through their own presentation of as many as 30 ‘recipes’. Contributions are drawn from Sámi, Nenets, Evenki, Chukchi, Even, Dukha, Inuit, Gwichin, Aleut, Koryak, Athabaskan and more. Many of the authors, in line with the project goals are drawn from indigenous youth. This is not a regular ‘cookbook’, as a quick glance at the menu illustrates: 

The Benefits of Raw Eating, Suovastuhttit: Using Fire and Smoke to Preserve Reindeer Meat; Reindeer Blood Soup; Reindeer Eye Soup; Buyuren – Blood Sausage; Chalmi, Hilta hilen – Stomach soup; Mipkuq (Black Meat in Seal Oil) – «Iñupiat Soul Food» and many more.

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EALLU Arctic Council Book Launch Countdown

May 9, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

Final preparations for the official launch of the SDWG Arctic Council EALLU project primary deliverable are underway in Fairbanks, Alaska. The ICR/WRH/EALLU team from Norway and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) are gathered in Fairbanks for the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting which takes place tomorrow May 10 -11th. See the growing gallery here.

The launch will take place at a side event to the Ministerial (see full programme here or below. The launch will feature reindeer meat tasting (2 Alaskan reindeer have been slaughtered for the event) with meat prepared by Sámi chef Nils Bendik Dunfjeld. This will be followed by a panel discussion with the following:

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EALLU Book Launch at Arctic Council Ministerial Event

May 2, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

The EALLU project primary delivery is a substantial ‘cookbook’ over over 160 pages of text and striking photography that gives a brand overview of 10 indigenous peoples food culture through the prism of specific dishes – some 30 recipes in all.

Traditional food and its preparation, conservation and consumption goes to  the very heart of indigenous peoples in the Arctic and their relationships with their community, land and animals. Many of the dishes are from reindeer and caribou, but there are other examples also of foods from marine mammals, plants on land and in sea and more. 

The book will be launched at an event being held during the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks Alaska. The launch will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by the UAF Reindeer Research Program, in partnership with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Topics will revolve around food, knowledge, youth and how best to utilise food and traditional knowledge for community empowerment.

Perhaps best of all? Reindeer meat will be served!!

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