ICR Attends Festival of National Cultures in Saint Petersburg
On November 25 the festival of national cultures of the indigenous people of the North, Siberia and the Far East finished its work. The festival is held annually by the Indigenous Peoples Institute of Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. This event was attended by a professor of the UArctic EALAT Institute Svein Mathiesen and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry – Anders Oskal, Inger Anita Smuk and Elna Sara.
On the first day of the festival guests got acquainted with the traditional cuisine of northern peoples. The tables were adorned with unique and rare dishes for Saint Petersburg lifestyle. However, these dishes are familiar for students. There were delicacies among them such as reindeer liver, reindeer tongue, reindeer meat, various types of fish, dairy products, etc. The students worked hard. Except demonstration of the culinary creativity, students also demonstrated their creative skills at the exhibitions and at the cultural contest.
The International Centre gave an opportunity for all who came to the festival to try traditional Sami bread, smoked meat and lingonberry jam. On the second day, November 25, Anders Oskal presented to the students and teachers the future project of the Arctic Council called EALLU (in Sami language – “herd”). The project is planned to create a Culinary Institute of Arctic indigenous peoples. Students and teachers were actively engaged in a dialogue, talking about the traditional cuisine of their people, asking questions about the Sami cuisine. Some students have been interested in this project and expressed a desire to reflect the theme of the food culture of indigenous peoples in their coursework and thesises.
The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry thanks the administration and students of the Indigenous Peoples Institute for the warm welcome and hopes for further cooperation!