China Daily, the widest print circulation of any English-language newspaper in the China (over 500,000 copies per issue, of which a third are abroad) has just published an extensive article on the Evenki herders of Aoluguya, near Genhe, in Inner Mongolia. The article features m,any of the same people who were active participants and attendees at this years 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress which was held on their territory for the first time. The article outlines the struggles this reindeer people have faced since their relocation from the forests closer to the city of Genhe and the loss of their rifles. The Congress is mentioned in the article as is the Aoluguya Declaration. With only 20 families remaining to live with their reindeer, the future for the livelihood is painted as being rather bleak in this article.
You can read the article below, or on the China Daily website here.
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The culminating document from the World Reindeer Herders’ Congress is the final Declaration. Following the completion of the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress in China, the final Declaration from this Congress has now been released.
The Declaration is an extremely important document for reindeer herders worldwide and represents in words their unique cooperation and also gives guidance to the priorities for the Association of World Reindeer Herders over the next four years.
This time around special attention was paid in the Declaration to the challenges facing Taiga reindeer husbandry and notes that taiga reindeer herding is under a threat of disappearing in China, Mongolia and such regions of Russia as Irkutskaya Oblast, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Buryatia Republic, Khabarovsky krai, Tuva Republic, Amurskaya Oblast and others, and that the situation is still critical and needs urgent attention. The Nomadic Herders project was highlighted as having an important role to play in this critical situation. Other key themes included communication and information, the health of reindeer herders, globalisation and collaboration, pastures and biodiversity, youth, knowledge , research and education. You can read and download the full declaration below (in English)
This summer the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress was held in the village of Alougoya and town of Genhe in Inner Mongolia, China. One of the social highlights of the Congress (it is held every four years) has been the holding of the World Reindeer Herders’ Lasso Championships. We have just added an extensive photo gallery of this years championships to the Reindeer Portal.
All the photos were taken Mikkel Anders Kemi who works for the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.
See the full gallery here.
In July of this year, reindeer herders’ from around the northern hemisphere gathered in Alougoya and Genhe in Inner Mongolia, China. Tracie Curry, a recent graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture program went to the Congress and has kindly agreed to share her pictures with the Reindeer Portal. Ms Curry is is currently investigating reindeer husbandry and adaptive strategies for nomadic peoples threatened by climate change and industrial development in the Barents Region and she has been working closely with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.
View her gallery of pictures here
The 5th World Reindeer Herders’ Congress was held in China this summer (see 5 WRHC.org). This was the first time that the event, which is held every four years, was held in China. As part of the materials created specifically for the Congress, the brochure developed by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry was translated and printed in Russian in order to broaden the distribution of ICR’s readership in the country where most reindeer and herders are. The brochure was handed out to all the attendees at the Congress. You can read and download it below.
The 5th World Reindeer Herders’ Congress was held in China this summer (see 5 WRHC.org). This was the first time that the event, which is held every four years, was held in China. As part of the materials created specifically for the Congress, the brochure developed by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry was translated and printed in Chinese, the first time ICR materials have been translated into this language. The brochure was handed out to all the attendees at the Congress.
You can read and download it below.
Here on the Reindeer Portal we recently posted a story about Tracie Curry successfully defending her Masters’ thesis at Harvard University where she focussed on the landscape based challenges facing reindeer herders specifically in the Hammerfest region, a region which is the nexus of many of the issues facing reindeer and herders in the Fennoscandia region.
Tracie is also recently returned from the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress that was held in Inner Mongolia, China and she has put her visual impression on the web for all to see, through her blog ‘Reindeerchronicles’. Her images give the viewer a great feel for the occasion. Check out her blog here.
The gathering of reindeer herders from across the Arctic, China and Mongolia for the 5th World Reindeer Herders’ Congress here in China has also allowed for a unique sports competition to take place – the World Lasso Championship.
Held every four years, delegates from reindeer herding regions are allowed to compete against each other to claim the title until the next Congress.
The lasso is a long piece of rope with a sort of figure of eight piece attached to the end of it – which allows a long noose to be created. It is used by reindeer herders on a regular basis to catch moving reindeer.
For the purposes of the competition, however, the target is a red spike several metres away.
Mr. Juha Magga, a Sami reindeer herder from the Enontekio region in northern Finland was elected by the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress as the new President for the next 4 years.
Aoluguya, Inner Mongolia, China – 25 July 2012. The 5th World Reindeer Herders’ Congress has begun!
Reindeer herders from across the circumpolar Arctic, Mongolia and China have gathered in Aoluguya, Inner Mongolia – for what is the 5th World Reindeer Herders’ Congress.
Since 1997, the World Reindeer Herders’ Congress convenes every 4 years to discuss ways and means for reindeer herders to cooperate regionally and internationally, to address common challenges, to learn from each other, and to take advantage of new developments in reindeer husbandry.
The 5th Congress is taking place in Aoluguya, a village on the outskirts of Genhe, Inner Mongolia (China).
Reindeer herding is practiced only by Evenki within this region of China. The region is also the coldest region in China, reaching below -50 degrees celcius in winter.
Today’s Opening Ceremony saw the speeches and introductions from several of the reindeer herding regions, as well as interventions from the local government and organizations such as the Indigenous People’s Secretariat and the University of the Arctic.
More pictures from the congress
Thursday 25th of July, Day 1 of the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress in Aoluguya, China.
After some delay with the busstransfering from Genhe, the meeting started at 10.00 am, with many local reindeerherders and other local people participating. Local children opened the meeting with some lovely singing. Over sixty delegates from all over the world attended the round table discussion; one item in particular was that the delegates approved Scotland to be member of WRH, and they were congratulated on becoming new members.
During the coffee breaks there was a lot of mingling and social interactions, and delegates made good discussions with each other, even despite the langauge difficulties. The evening events were arranged by the Genhe community with local music and dancing.
Some pictures of local artists performing at the first evening of the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress.
The first topic "Sustainable Reindeer Husbandry" of the Professionsal Day is now ongoing. Presentations by Dr Mikhail Pogodaev, Director General Dr Huigen Yang from the Polar Research Institute of China and Executive Director Anders Oskal.
The introductory speeches are from panelists; Arsenty Nikolaev, Leonid Khudi, Yuri Khatanzeysky, Victor Gayulski, Erika Jonsson, Dr Vladimir Etylin, reindeer herder Alexander Serotetto, Director Tsogsaikhan Purev and EALAT PhD Student Ellen Inga Turi.
This session is rounded up with a panel discussion.
July 25-28th 2013 the 5th World Reindeer Herders´ Congress is convening in Aoluguya, Inner-Mongolia, The People´s Republic of China. This Congress gathers some 240 representatives of over 20 different reindeer herding peoples spread across the whole circumpolar region including 9 national states. The Congress is summoned every 4 years, and has been held earlier in Western-Siberia/ Russia, in Northern Finland, in Eastern-Siberia/ Russia, and in Northern Norway. This time it is hosted by Chinese Evenki herders.
“…The World Reindeer Herders´ Congress is the most important meeting arena and forum for the 27 different reindeer herding peoples of the world”, says Mr Mikhail Pogodaev, an Even reindeer herder from Eastern Siberia and the the Executive Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders. “…This is the place where we can all meet and discuss the situation for world reindeer husbandry, and where we try to find the best solutions for our common future as reindeer herders across the Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions – a future that is not given.”
The preliminary programme for the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress, to be held in Aoluguya, Genhe County, Inner-Mongolia, China 25th – 28th of July 2013, is now available and can be downloaded here, or from the Document Centre. The Congress programme is an event filled week of scientific, cultural and organisational activities, and is being held in China for the first time.
More information about Genhe can be found here, about this years Congress here, photos from the previous Congresses here, and the registration page can be found here.
The local organizers of the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress has made an agreement with local travel service providers; Bofeng Airservice, to help the Congress’ participants with booking domestic flights and hotels in China. If anyone wants to stay few days for vacation in Bejing after the Congress, this company can help with bookings.
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Be sure to check the Congress Document Centre for the latest documents related to the Congress.
A feature of every World Reindeer Herders Congress held since the first global meeting of reindeer herders in Tromso, Norway in 1991 has been the holding of an Art exhibition featuring artistic work by children from reindeer herding families which is put on display throughout the Congress and whose work is then archived in the Association’s offices. Hundreds of entries are received from all over the world of reindeer husbandry and the images give a unique insight into the world of reindeer husbandry in the different regions as seen through the eyes of children.
Read the official invitation for entry to ‘Children in Reindeer Husbandry – 2013’ below or download it here. (Manaidtevnnegat_bovdehus) (Barnetegninger_Invitasjon) (Информация и правила участия в международном конкурсе детских рисунков «Дети в оленеводстве – 2013»
The 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress is fast approaching – July 25-8 in the village of Aouluguya, Genhe County, Inner Mongolia, China.
Registration will be open in a matter of days, meanwhile, you can now read the Agenda for the event. Please note that this is the agenda for the congress and the final programme will be published when the final details are confirmed with the local host. Read the Agenda online or download it here.
With the fall of the ‘Iron Curtain’ and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the global family of reindeer herding peoples was again able to meet, communicate, network and collaborate. The first reindeer peoples festival was held in Tromso, Norway in 1993 and reindeer peoples from across the circumpolar region gathered together for the first time. Through this collaboration the Association of World Reindeer Herders was consolidated and the cycle of World Reindeer Herders’ Congresses was initiated, which this year will be held in Genhe/Alougoya, in Northeast China, July 25-8. Previous Congresses have been held in Inari, Yakutsk and Kautokeino.
You can now review the historic first meeting through a fascinating photo journal that was compiled after this first event. The guest of honour was the renowned ethnographer and adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl. There were meetings, speeches and a number of cultural events such as concert which featured Nils Aslak Valkeapaa and a sporting event, the World Lassoo Throwing Championships, a keenly fought competition that continues to this day. Participants came from 12 regions in Russia and 7 countries.
The 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress will be held in Genhe / Alougoya between July 25-28 and preparations for this unique event that brings reindeer herding peoples together from around the world are ramping up. This is a good time to revisit the presentation by Mr Sa Guowen, Secreatary General of the Genhe Municipal Party Comittee to the World Reindeer Herders Congress in Kautokeino, 2009.
Genhe is in North East China in the inner Mongolia region. A large district of over 20,000 km2, it is also home to over 200 Evenki herders, making it among the world’s most southerly regions of reindeer husbandry, with much in common culturally with herders in Mongolia and in the Baikal region of Russia.
The 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress will be held this summer (July 25-28) in Alougoya in the Genhe region in Inner Mongolia in North Eastern China. This is the first time that the Congress, which brings reindeer herding peoples from around the world together every four years. The event will be hosted by Evenki herders who are China’s only reindeer herding peoples.
The Congress is organised by the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) in cooperation with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. International cooperation in reindeer husbandry in modern times dates back to 1993 with the Reindeer Peoples’ Festival in Tromsø, Norway. Previous congresses have been held in Nadym, Russia, Inari, Finland, Yakutsk, Russia and Kautokeino, Norway.
Open invitation to the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress
The World Reindeer Herders Congress is going to be held in Genhe/Alougoya in July of this year, the first time that it will be held in China, home to a small number of Evenki herders. The Congress is held every four years and in 2009 was in Kautokeino, Norway. The Congress is a unique cultural and political event that brings together reindeer herders, scientists, politicians and more together. The Congress generally has an academic programme, a political programme and of course multiple cultural events. Details on the 5th Congress will be posted here as they become available. See a clip from the Yakutsk Congress below,
The Association of World Reindeer Herders, in collaboration with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry is pleased to announce that a dedicated part of the redesigned Reindeer Portal has been allocated to the forthcoming 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress which will be held in Genhe/Alougoya in north west China in July of 2013.
Details for this exciting and unique Congress will be posted here as they become available – www.5whrc.org