ICR/WRH Visit Evenki Reindeer Herders in Aoluguya, China. See Photo Gallery

Июнь 4, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Reindeer, Reindeer Herders

After the stunning victory of overall  ‘Best in the World’ Foodbook for the EALLU food book, a smaller delegation from the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) and the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) made their way north to the town of Genhe, then to the village of Aolouguya to meet once more with their Evenki herding compatriots. The ICR/WRH delegation consisted of Anders Oskal, Mikhail Pogodaev, Inger Anita Smuk, Issat Turi, Ellen Sara Sparrok and Juoksa Smuk. 

WRH attended meetings and a welcome dinner with the Mayor of Genhe, Zhaomin Hu. Genhe is a sizeable city  in the far northeast of Inner Mongolia, and is the only region with reindeer husbandry which is centred on the Evenki reindeer herding village of Aoluguya. Genhe and Alouguya was the location of the 5th World Reindeer Herding Congress

WRH/ICR then travelled to Aoluguya for the “Symposium on Cultural Exchange of Reindeer Herders in the World”, co-hosted by the Aoluguya Evenki Township Settlement and the reindeer herders organization, where there were speeches by Oskal, Pogodaev and Inger Anita Smuk.  Mr Xinjun Gu of the Central Committee, Genhe Government, and Mr Yu, Vice Director of the Bureau of Forestry, Hulunbeir Provincial Government also made presentations.

Following the official meetings,  the WRH and ICR  delegation had a field visit to two reindeer herding families, and made presentations on EALLU and the EALLU Food Book with the intent of continuing this work with Evenki reindeer herders in China. There was also time to visit the sacred Evenki mountain — Lu Ming Shan — which translates as “Reindeer that shout” and legend has it that this is a place where male reindeer come to fight over access to the female reindeer and the strongest reindeer stands up on the mountain and shouts to the females that here he is, the strongest male. WRH/ICR visited local people in Aoluguya and had discussions about reindeer herding in the region, discussed the EALLU project, and about the possibility for student exchange.

 The WRH/ICR delegation then drove to Hailar where they had meetings with Professor Songlin Meng, the President of Hulunbuir Ethnic History Cultural Research institute and dinner with Mr. Meng and Mr. Sa, the  former vice mayor of Genhe. Before departing, the group had dinner with the Norwegian Ambassador to China, Geir Otto Pedersen.

Below see a photo gallery from this trip