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Moscow is Hungry for Reindeer Meat

May 2, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaEALLU, ICR/WRH, RIEVDANLeave a comment

Guests and participants of the exhibition Treature of the North

Last weekend dozens of visitors in the Sokolniki Park have consumed delicious snakcs and soups made from reindeer meat and other delicacies of indigenous peoples of the North. The food expo was organized in the framework of the Arctic Council EALLU project about reindeer herding food culture. The main report on the project – the EALLU cookbook was exposed for the first time during the seminar on Traditional Knowledge and Innovations in Indigenous Food Systems and their Role for Developing Private Business. International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry has organized both events in cooperation with RAIPON, Indigenous Peoples Institute of Herzen University and Fjellvilt from Norway.

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SLOW-TV takes on Spring Reindeer Migration

April 25, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

In a  groundbreaking and incredibly exciting event, the Sara family from the Fálá reindeer herding district in Finnmark are being followed 24/7 by NRK, the Norwegian National Broadcasting Company.

NRK pioneered ‘Slow-TV’ and for the first time ever, the entire spring migration of reindeer and people from the winter pastures in inner Finnmark to the summer pastures on Kvaløya will be simultaneously live streamed and televised. Sami have migrated with their reindeer following the natural cycles of the seasons and the land for millennia and this event brings it right into peoples lives in ways unimaginable even just a few years ago.

The migration will take about 1.5 weeks and you can tune in to watch at https://www.nrk.no/rein/? Although the reindeer just started moving today, lots of people are tuning in, with 135,000 watching already. Expect this number to rise.

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EALLU Workshop to be held in Moscow

April 24, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

Next weekend, April 29-30 in Moscow, the EALLU project is holding an international seminar in Moscow, at the Sokolniki Culture and Exhibition Centre. Entitled:  TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION IN THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ FOOD SYSTEMS, AND THEIR ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP,  this seminar builds and expands on previous EALLU workshops which have been held across the circumpolar North – numbering nearly 30 various events in 10 countries over the last three years.

The seminar will carry over two days and combine presentations and practical work related to traditional food preparations. Presenters include traditional food practitioners, herders, administrators and others and will culminate in practical demonstrations in making ‘stroganina‘ (an Arctic delicacy made from thinly sliced raw fish or raw reindeer meat). The event is being held as part of a much larger event that runs until May 1st entitled ‘Treasures of the North. Masters and Artists of Russia 2017′ an annual event that celebrates the cultural richness and diversity of Russia’s North.

The event is open to all. See the full program below

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EALLU to serve Traditional Arctic Foods to Dignitaries

March 28, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

Cloudberries on blood pancakes

Tomorrow, as part of the ‘Arctic Territory of Dialogue‘ Forum in Arkhangelsk the EALLU team will be serving lunch to Dmitry Rogozin (Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. Deputy Head of the Military-Industrial Commission. Special Envoy of the President) and Børge Brende, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, with Brende stopping by the EALLU expo and lavvu at 1130, followed by Rogozin at 13h00. The EALLU team have been prepping traditional foods all day (and into the night) for what promises to be an extremely busy day tomorrow at the Forum. And what a menu!

  1. Boiled reindeer tongue 
  2. Smoked reindeer heart
  3. Soup with reindeer filet, potatoes and carrots 
  4. Indigirka salad made with white fish  
  5. “Roastbeef” style reindeer meat
  6. Reindeer meat in the Taiga style 
  7. Smoked omul  
  8. Prelim, a Chukchi dish made from reindeer meat, bone marrow and fat. 
  9. Blood pancakes with cream and cloudberries
  10. Sami traditional bread
  11. Eight different kinds of smoked, dried and salted reindeer meat
  12. Reindeer chips

This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the diversity and excellence of Arctic Indigenous Cuisine, as over 1000 participants are expected over the two days.

See our expanding photo gallery of the event here

 

 

 

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EALLU Indigenous Cuisine Expo at Large Arctic Forum

Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

The EALLU project is hosting an Arctic Indigenous Cuisine Expo at the ‘Arctic Territory of Dialogue Forum‘ being held in Archangelsk in North West Russia March 29-30, 2017. A large contingent of EALLU project personnel are currently setting up in Archangelsk now, participating in what will likely be the largest Arctic related international gathering of politicians, administrators, researchers and business interests ever held, with over 1000 people expected. Check out our event photo gallery – we will be adding to it daily

EALLU will be serving traditional Arctic foods sourced from within Russia and food will be prepared by EALLU project participants, including a Sami chef from Norway. More pictures as the event progresses.

 

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Territory of Arctic Dialogue Forum – EALLU project participating

March 27, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

On March 29-30, 2017, Arkhangelsk in Northwest Russia will host a regular The Arctic — Territory of Dialogue international Arctic forum. Held annually since 2010, the forum is one of the the largest international platform for discussing problems facing the Arctic and prospects for regional development.Russian President Vladimir Putin and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin are expected to attend the forum. The EALLU project is hosting an Arctic indigenous peoples cuisine event  at the Forum, which is expected to be attended by over 1,000 people. Traditional foods of reindeer peoples – Eveny, Evenki, Sami and Nenets – will be served and information about the EALLU project will be distributed. A large team from ICR is present, along with many of the EALLU youth participants. The programme is posted here (still being added to)

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Reindeer Really Do Fly….

March 16, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Today the 4th Congress of Reindeer Herders of Russia is getting underway in the city of Yakutsk. This picture shows part of a delegation of reindeer from Olenek flying down to Yakutsk (in First class. This is a 2h45 minute flight, which as you can see offers in fight service!

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The new Chair of the Union of Minor Indigenous Communities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was elected

March 12, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

On March 10, 2017 in Yakutsk (Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia) the plenary session of the II Congress of the Union of Minor Indigenous Communities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was held, with participation of 63 delegates from 20 municipal districts of Yakutia. 

The first meeting of the Union was organised exactly 5 years ago in 2012, said now the former Chair – Aleksandr Grigoriev. Aleksard also noted that during these 5 years the organizetion has done a great deal of work: the number of minor indigenous communities has grown from 91 to 164. One of the important vectors of the Union is land surveying, registering the land in cadastrial records. Minor indigenous communities take an active part in public hearings on industrial development, and in creating territories for traditional nature use. There are 59 territories of traditional nature use of local significance exist now. 

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The IV Reindeer Herders Congress of Russia will be held in Yakutsk

March 11, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaBlog, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

The IV Reindeer Herders Congress of Russia will be held in Yakutsk on March 16-19, 2017. Delegates and guests from 20 Russian reindeer herding regions and foreign guests are expected to arrive.

Participants will discuss the main problems and directions in the development of the Northern domestic reindeer industry of the country, they also will discuss the strengthening of relationships between  reindeer herding regions of Russia, exchange experience in the field of reindeer herding.

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Annual Reindeer Herder’s Day in Iengra (Yakutia)

March 6, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaReindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Traditional reindeer herding holiday, which is called Uktyvun in Evenki,  started on the 1st of March in the village of Iengra, Neryunrinsky District of Yakutia. Indigenous representatives from all the reindeer herding family communities, who spend most of the year with their herds in the taiga, came to the village to celebrate. 

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