Herders’ Food Culture – It’s all about the Fat. Research Days Events in Kautokeino

September 20, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Projects, RIEVDAN

Fried reindeer meatEvery year, the Research Council of Norway brings research into the community over several days in an event called Forskningsdagene, where researchers are invited to share their research with the general public. Events are held nationwide and this year the theme is food. From their website, they note that food is not just food, but food is politics, culture and religion.

In reindeer peoples culture, food (and especially fat) is of course central to reindeer husbandry – to herders culture and economy. An enormous body of knowledge is embedded in traditional food culture and only recently is this being more recognized.

As part of these Forskningsdagene events, the Sami University College and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry  are inviting all interested parties on Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00 CET to the traditional lavvu outside the College in Kautokeino.

The focus will be Arctic indigenous food culture, fat as a resource and smoking as a preservation method. Even, Evenki, Nenets, Komi and Sami will be present and will impart their traditional knowledge about their food culture and their raw materials. On Monday there will be a practical workshop on the smoking of reindeer meat. various forms of knowledge and opportunities. These events are organized as part of the Rievdan project on Sami food culture which is financed by the Research Council of Norway and and the Arctic Council project EALLU: Reindeer herding youth, climate change and food culture. See the programme below.