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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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6th World Reindeer Herders Congress – Dates Announced

February 22, 2017 • Philip Burgess6 WRHC, Blog, ProjectsLeave a comment

The 6th World Reindeer Herders Congress will take place in the Sámi village of Jokkmokk in northern Sweden between August 16-20, 2017. 

The Congress occurs every four years (the last Congress was held in China) and brings council  members of the Association of World Reindeer Herders from all around the world together. There will be a a host of meetings, scientific sessions and cultural sessions and the event promises to be a great celebration of reindeer and reindeer peoples.

The registration form is now on the 6WRHC website and the draft programme has also been posted here.

Visit www.6wrhc.org to keep updated…

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EALLU-RIEVDAN Seminar: Knowledge & Indigenous Food Systems

January 31, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Projects, RIEVDANLeave a comment

A major seminar with youth from across the circumpolar North (Russia, Canada, US, Finland, Norway and Sweden) is getting underway in Kautokeino tomorrow February 1-3 at the Sami University of Applied Sciences. Organized under the auspices of the EALLU and RIEVDAN projects that both focus on traditional knowledge with an emphasis (especially EALLU) on traditional food cultures and systems of indigenous peoples in the Arctic. Much is reindeer related, of course, but other Arctic traditional foods will also be featured. Seminar results and products will also feed into the EALLU final delivery (an Arctic ‘cookbook’) to the Arctic Council at the Ministerial, to be held in Alaska, in May of this year. 

 

The seminar will feature talks, group work and slaughtering of reindeer. Photos to follow, draft programme below.

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Seminar on Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity in Kautokeino

January 30, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

A seminar  on the use of traditional knowledge as a means and tool to preserve biodiversity is being held in Kautokeino, Norway tomorrow, Tuesday, 31 February.

The seminar is being held in advance of the CAFF biennial meeting which is also being held in Kautokeino this week. Multiple speakers from different institutions and researchers will be speaking including the Saami Council (Aile Javo), the Sami Parliament in Norway (President Vibeke Larsen), the Herzen Institute in St Petersburg, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The meeting will be held in the Sami University of Applied Sciences. See the (draft) programme below.

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“Keepers of the Land” film was shown in Monaco during the “Students on Ice” Launch

January 12, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaEALLIN, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

“Keepers of the Land” is shown in Monaco in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II

Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and also a representative of the of the UArctic EALAT Institute Anders Oskal within the partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, gave a presentation with regard to the current situation and the rapid changes in reindeer herding areas of the Arctic experienced by this region. 

The meeting was launched on 11th January at the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier of Monaco, in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince. During his presentation Anders shared a documentary called “The Keepers of the Land” with Prince Albert II of Monaco and with the audience which was mainly represented by the students from “Students On Ice” programme. 

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Reindeer are helping to slow down climate change by grazing on Arctic tundra

January 4, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaReindeer, Wild ReindeerLeave a comment

Reindeer are helping to slow down climate change by grazing on Arctic tundra and leaving vegetation that reflects more solar energy back into space.

Reindeer are best known – at least in much of the northern hemisphere – for pulling Santa’s sleigh, but a new study suggests they may have a part to play in slowing down climate change too.

A team of researchers, writing in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that when reindeer reduce the height and abundance of shrubs on the Arctic tundra through grazing, the level of surface albedo – the amount of solar energy (shortwave radiation) reflected by the Earth back into space – is increased.

The study’s lead author, Dr Mariska te Beest, from Umeå University in Sweden, said: “Our theory was that heavy grazing by reindeer increases summer albedo, through a reduction in shrub height, abundance and leaf area index (LAI).

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Reindeer Greetings!

December 23, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Seasons greetings to all our friends and colleagues and to reindeer herders all over the world

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Major EALLU Seminar in Yakutsk this Weekend

November 24, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

1_primary_logo_256A significant EALLU seminar takes place this weekend in the city of Yakutsk, the capital of the Republic of Sakha. The seminar is being organized by the ICR, WRH and a number of other organizers both local and international.

The seminar is entitled: ‘A FUTURE VISION FOR THE REINDEER MEAT INDUSTRY, The Role of New Technologies and Traditional Knowledge‘. Welcomes will be given by the Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, the Minister for Education and the Minister for Federal Relations and External Affairs of the Sakha Republic, the Rector of the University of Tromsø, the President of the University of the Arctic and the Director of the Northern Forum.

The seminar will take place all day Saturday, November 26th and will be followed by a field excursions and further workshops and discussions on indigenous food systems and the EALLU Arctic Cookbook, a delivery the Arctic Council.

See the full programme below, 

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Archival Film of 1993 World Reindeer Herders Congress

November 22, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Fantastic archival film in Russian about the Association of World Reindeer Herders’ first gathering of reindeer peoples from across the Arctic, held in Tromsø, Norway in 1993. This signalled the beginning of global cooperation between reindeer herders that has continued to this day. The next Congress will be held in Jokkmokk, Sweden, next year.

The Film was made by the  Parliamentary Assembly of small-numbered peoples of the North of the Russian Federation and the Author and convener is the President of the Association of Indigenous Small-numbered Peoples of the North of the Russian Federation. The film was  written by the late Yeremei Aipin. The Director and cameraman was S. Rakhomyagi
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