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EALLU Wins Grand Prize and Arctic Prize at Gourmand Awards

May 28, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

EALLU: Best in the World!

The Gourmand food book awards have now wrapped up in the coastal city of Yantai, China and the EALLU team are now heading home. It has been an extraordinarily successful trip, with the EALLU Food book picking up both the Grand Prize as ‘Best Foodbook in the World’ and best in the Arctic food culture category. This is an extremely important vote of confidence in the large team of young authors who contributed to this unique food book over the life of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group project.

To receive such an award from the mainstream food publishing industry is a powerful recognition of the richness and depth of a focal point of our cultures, our relationship to food. This is much more than just a book of recipes”, says Chair Mikhail Pogodaev of Association of World Reindeer Herders.

“We are incredibly proud of this achievement and our fantastic team of indigenous youth from across the Arctic who bridged generations and distances to create this extraordinary book. Maybe this signals a shift in how mainstream society values our food knowledge and that our societies can leverage this recognition to better community physical, mental and economic health. Arctic indigenous peoples have an absolutely unique understanding of the Arctic environment, their ecosystems, and our living food resources,” says Anders Oskal,the EALLU project leader and Secretary General of the Association of World Reindeer Herders. 

Read the official press release here and below see a gallery of photos

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Arctic Indigenous Youth Write Best Cookbook in the World!

May 26, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

EALLU wins Gourmand prizeIndigenous reindeer herding youth win ‘Best in the World’ at 23rd Gourmand International Cookbook Award

An international group of young indigenous peoples, with their food book entitled: “EALLU –Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins” has won the overall Gourmand International Cookbook Award.  The winners were announced today at the “Oscars of the cookbook world”  in Yantai, China. In this unique and now acclaimed food book, a team of 50 young indigenous authors presented 14 different Arctic indigenous peoples´ food cultures in one volume, the first of its kind. There were hundreds of entries from entries from across the world, the EALLU food book faced stiff competition (´eallu´means a herd (of reindeer) in the indigenous Sámi language, closely connected to the word ´eallin´ which means life), and was nominated in as many as 4 categories as well as the main prize itself –Best Food Book of the World, across all categoriesThe book was 1 of 16 nominees for the main prize, selected from contributions from 116 National States and was a delivery from the Arctic CouncilSustainable Development Working Group project EALLU.

To receive such an award from the mainstream food publishing industry is a powerful recognition of the richness and depth of a focal point of our cultures, our relationship to food. This is much more than just a book of recipes”, says Chair Mikhail Pogodaev of Association of World Reindeer Herders: “This is about Arctic indigenous peoples´ deep knowledge about food, raw materials, processing and conservation, food security, health and wellbeing – It’s about our food traditions, our traditional nomadic lifestyles, our local economies, our philosophy and our worldviews.

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EALLU Team in China for Gourmand Award Ceremony

May 24, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

A team from the EALLU project has touched down in the coastal city of Yantai, China to attend the awards ceremony of the 23rd Gourmand International Cookbook Awards (the “Oscars of the cookbook world”) which are being held May 26-27.  Authors from all over the globe will compete for the prestigious awarding of the World´s best cookbooks and the EALLU book has been nominated for the best in all categories and also in three separate categories. 

Present in Yantai are ICR Director Anders Oskal and a group of indigenous youth including many authors. On Friday, May 25, the EALLU team, which have brought with them reindeer blood, smoked meat and a large lavvu will host attendees and tell about the book, the story behind the project and the importance of traditional foods to indigenous peoples. Also, the Gourmand Awards are the setting for the launch of the 2nd edition of the EALLU book, with a redesigned cover and new content. The EALLU team has representation from Sápmi, Russia and China. From Sápmi: Anders Oskal, Issát Turi, Inger Anita Smuk, Juoksa Smuk, Ellen-Sara Sparrok. From Russia: Mikail Pogodaev, Alena Gerasimova, Marta Okotetto, Anna Chuprina and from Aoluguya/Genhe; 4 persons. See some photos below

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EALLU Foodbook Nominated as Best in the World

May 21, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

Have Indigenous Youth Made the Best Cookbook in the World?

 

Indigenous reindeer herding youth initiative nominated for 22nd Gourmand International Cookbook Awards 2018

 

The 22nd Gourmand International Cookbook Awards (the “Oscars of the cookbook world”) is being held May 26-27 in Yantai, China where authors from all over the globe will compete for the prestigious awarding of the World´s best cookbooks.

 

An international group young indigenous people and others are among the top nominees, with their food book entitled: “EALLU –Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins”. The term ´eallu´ means a herd (of reindeer) in the indigenous Sámi language, closely connected to the word ´eallin´, which means life.

 

In this unique and acclaimed food book, a team of 50 young indigenous authors present 14 different Arctic indigenous peoples´ food cultures in one volume, the first of its kind. The book has been nominated in as many as 4 categories at the Gourmand Awards: Food Heritage, Sustainable Food, Arctic Food, and the main prize itself – Best Food Book of the World, across all categories. The book is 1 of 16 nominees for the main prize, selected from contributions from 116 countries.

 

This is much more than just a book of recipes”, says Chair Mikhail Pogodaev of Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH): “This is about Arctic indigenous peoples´ deep knowledge about food, raw materials, processing and conservation, food security, health and wellbeing – Its about our food traditions, our traditional nomadic lifestyles, our local economies, our philosophy and our worldviews.”

 

Read the full press release belowEALLU Press Release Gourmand Nomination

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“I didn’t choose this life, it chose me”

May 9, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlog, Challenges, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Projects, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

A nice article and photo (in German) was published in Berliner Zeitung a few months ago which we are reposting here, with their permission. Journalist Bernd Hauser visited Kautokeino in the spring and spent time with Issát Turi (pictured with his mother Kirsten Turi) and family in their winter pastures. Turi talked about the challenges facing reindeer herders in Finnmark and how herders can best continue to practice their traditional livelihoods. Turi is also an author in the EALLU food book where he wrote about the traditional ways that Sámi slaughter reindeer in order that the flavours of the reindeer meat are enhanced. The article closes with a quote from Turi that encapsulates the essence of the livelihood: “Nicht ich habe dieses Leben gewählt. Es hatmich gewählt!” (I didn’t choose this life, it chose me)

Berliner Zeitung 2018
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Donwload the Statement from the Arctic Skills round table on Reindeer Herding

May 3, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

In early April 2018 in the village of Iengra, Neryungrinskiy district of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), a round table was held on the topic “Reindeer HUsbandry – basis for Indigenous Peoples Livelihoods in the Arctic”, organized as part of the Arctic Skills initiative.

During the round table, participants discussed development of the educational system for reindeer herders and agreed to create a thematic network of the University of the Arctic to strengthen cooperation between vocational education institutions for effective training of reindeer-herding personnel. Within the framework of the seminar the Arctic Skills championship of professional skills among reindeer herders  was held, which included competitions on the professional skills of reindeer herders in five competencies, a round table and other events.

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Most of reindeer will die in Yamal: the authorities of the region announced a rescue plan

April 23, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaChallenges, ReindeerLeave a comment

According to URA.RU, Yamal reindeer herdingо will face a major decline in the next ten years. This conclusion was made by scientists after geobotanical studies conducted in the Yamalskiy and Tazovskiy districts. Due to the impoverishment of the food base, reindeer will soon have nothing to eat. These dates were announced at a closed meeting by the first deputy governor of Yamal – Alexei Sitnikov. 

Sitnikov said that Yamal is threatened with the same thing that happened in Alaska in the 1930s. For 10 years because of hunger, the number of reindeer decreased from 600 thousand to 20 thousand animals. Yamal, with 760 ooo grazing reindeer,  is now facing a similar problem. Last year’s experiment to increase slaughtering capacities has failed. A detailed study showed that the number of reindeer in each individual family is below the necessary norm and herders simply can not  send animals for slaughter. The root of the problem lies in the number of families leading the traditional nomadic way of life. There are more than 3370 such families in Yamal. To solve the problem, no less than two thousand families need to be moved to towns and villages. At the moment this is impossible.

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Concerning court proceedings from reindeer herders in Norway

April 20, 2018 • Philip BurgessChallenges, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Another reindeer herding case which was brought to the Norwegian Supreme Court now concerns reindeer herders in southern Norway of the Femund reindeer district. According to NRK, the dispute is between reindeer herders and farmers who demand a compensation for 530 000 kroner according to the law on damage. The case started in 2012, but the courth did not consider extreme and tough winter conditions for reindeer in 2012. 

This case becoming a case of principle,which deals with negative attitudes towards reindeer herders in southern Trøndelag and a desire to change the reindeer husbandry law. 

For more detailed information read on NRK

 

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Minister Monica Mæland visited ICR

April 16, 2018 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

Minister Monica Mæland from the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation visited International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry on 11th of April.

The meeting was held in the ICR office in Kautokeino. Topics on the future development and coperation in the Circumpolar North were discussed during the minister’s visit.

Here is some pictures from this event.

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Arctic Skills: Reindeer Herding is the basis of life for Indigenous Peoples

April 9, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlogLeave a comment

In the Iengra settlement of Neryungri district of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) within the Arctic Skills championship an international seminar “Reindeer herding – the basis of vital activity of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic” was held.

According to Mikhail Pogodaev, the chairman of the board of the Association World Reindeer Herders, the seminar was attended by representatives of government bodies of regions of the Russian Federation, vocational training institutions from Yakutia, Yamal, the Krasnoyarsk Krai and Norway.

“We discussed the development of the educational system for reindeer herders. We agreed to create a thematic network of the University of the Arctic to strengthen cooperation between vocational education institutions for effective training of reindeer-herding personnel, “said Mikhail Pogodaev.

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