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Visit to Evenki herders in China – A Sámi Herders Perspective

June 11, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlogga, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Projects, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Issát Turi is a Sámi reindeer herder, one of the authors of the award winning EALLU book and has been working with and for the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry for many years. He also accompanied Anders Oskal, Mikhail Pogodaev, Inger Anita Smuk, Juoksa Smuk and Elen Sara Sparrok after the Gourmand Awards to Inner Mongolia, to the Evenki village of Alouguya, China as the ICR-WRH team visited with Evenki herders. Below is a brief summary of a conversation with him now that the ICR / WRH team are back in Sápmi.  

Of course reindeer herding on the tundra and the taiga are very different things. For the Evenki, their economy is totally different. We depend on meat production, whereas Evenki in China use the herds to produce medicinal products from antlers and there is some small milk production. There’s a big market for these products in the Far East. They have challenges to recruit young herders of course, as many of the herds are quite remote and are in tough places to live. Their herds are now inside a recently created national park and this has brought new challenges. Local Evenki are no longer allowed to hunt inside the borders of the Park and hunting is a big part of their livelihoods. The rules of the National Park have also meant that herders are not allowed to carry any weapon, even a bow and arrow, to protect their reindeer from predators. Bears are especially numerous in the park and are taking  a lot of the reindeer calfs. Herders are allowed to have a dog but herders told us that the dogs don’t help so much. 

See a new photo gallery from the ICR / WRH team visit to Alouguya below

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

June 4, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

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

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Why EALLU Won – Gourmand Founder & President Edouard Cointreau

May 31, 2018 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

Mr E. Cointreau, founder of the Gourmand Awards, samples traditional foods in the EALLU tent.

As noted previously, the EALLU food book was awarded the prestigious grand prize at the 23rd Gourmand food book awards held in China, last weekend. The founder of the Awards is a Mr Eduard Cointreau and he had the following things to say about the EALLU book:

EALLU is the first book ever, presenting an overview of the food cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Arctis, says Edouard Cointreau, president and founder of the Gourmand Awards. A unique book that, unlike many others, can really change the life of indigenous families, their nomadic communities and villages. In an exceptional and impressive way the authors, who are all arctic indigenous youth, has managed to create a book that share the way of life and the food culture of places that has been known by very few people on the planet. The importance of their work and the beautiful EALLU book has no comparison. The way these youth professionally and respectfully shared their food, the arctic culture and their insights on sustainability at the Gourmand Awards on may 26, caught the immediate attention of chefs, authors, writers, journalists and photographers from more than 60 countries.

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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)

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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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The article about reindeer herding in the Barents region published in “The Circle”

February 7, 2018 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

The Circle – the quarterly magazine of the WWF Global Arctic Programme. The goal of the magazine is to inform decision-makers, scientists and the interested public about arctic environmental and development issues. The Circle is distributed free to around 3,000 arctic stakeholders worldwide, and each issue focuses on one specific Arctic-related topic.

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Council meeting of the Association of World Reindeer Herders will be held in Salekhard

February 6, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) will have its fisrt Council meeting in Russia. Reindeer herders who are members of the WR Council from 29 reindeer herding regions of the world will gather in Salekhard on March 24-25, where the national festivel ” The Reindeer Herder’s Day” will also take place.

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Xmas and New Year Greetings from ICR and WRH!

December 25, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

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Book on Arctic Indigenous Knowledge System of Evenki Reindeer Herders and Hunters

December 14, 2017 • Svetlana AvelovaBlogLeave a comment

This year Alexandra Lavrillier and Semen Gabyshev have published a book called An Arctic Indigenous Knowledge System of Landscape, Climate, and Human Interactions: Evenki Reindeer Herders and Hunters.

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November 23 – International EALLU-Rievdan seminar in Saint Petersburg

November 16, 2017 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, EALLU, Projects, RIEVDANLeave a comment

Arctic Council EALLU workshop in cooperation with Rievdan project is going to be held on November 23 at the Institute of the Peoples of the North (IPN),  Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia.

VENUE:  The Institute of the Peoples of the North (IPN), Stachek street 30, room 104, conference-hall

 

See the seminar program below: 

EALLU- RIEVDAN seminar program. November 23.2017-8
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Finland has launched a reindeer warning app

November 9, 2017 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, Challenges, ReindeerLeave a comment

Source: Arctic now

The app is free and available in Google Play, App Store and some vehicle navigation systems. With the alert online on your smartphone, you will receive real-time alerts of reindeer on the road when you are driving, or you can view live reindeer alerts on the map.

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Jokkmokk Declaration

October 30, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

Now you can dowload the Jokkmokk Declaration from the last World Reindeer Herders Congress which was held in Sweden in August 2017

Check here 

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I am a Young Reindeer Herder

September 24, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

The “Young Reindeer Herder” movement was initiated in 2015 in the Evenki village called Iengra, in Republic of Yakutia, Russia. The movement, which has an Evenki name – bi ilmakta ete’yechimni, encourages children to continue reindeer husbandry and also promotes delivering traditional knowledge from elders to youth.  One of the brightest achievements of the children’s movement is organizing  traditional children’s reindeer race, the number of participants of this competition is growing every year. The movement also attracts reindeer herding youth who study at the indigenous boarding school “Arctic” which is situated in Neryungri, Russia.

 22 – 23 of September the “Arctic” school has been celebrating the annual Bakaldin Festival (in Evenki language Bakaldin means meeting) and this year’s celebration was to honor reindeer.

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Opening Ceremony and Cultural Program Now Available

August 15, 2017 • Philip Burgess6 WRHC, Blog, ProjectsLeave a comment

Tomorrow, the 6th World Reindeer Herders Congress gets underway in the town of Jokkmokk, Sweden. You can now view the opening ceremony programme and cultural programme and the professional and scientific programme can be found here.

Opening Ceremony

6WRHC PROGRAM

Cultural Programme

6WRHC CULTURAL PROGRAMME

 

 

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Programme for 6th World Reindeer Herders Congress Released

August 14, 2017 • Philip Burgess6 WRHC, Blog, ProjectsLeave a comment

The final programme for the World Reindeer Herders’ Congress of 2017, being held this week in the village of Jokkmokk, in Sweden, has just been released. The professional part of the programme includes talks on the multiple themes of the Congress which include Culinary Traditions, Food Culture and Youth; Land Use Change and Fragmentation; Traditional handicrafts; Health of Humans and Animals; Education, Research and Management; and a side trip to the Laponia national park where talks related to the theme of Biodiversity, climate change and Protected Areas will be held.

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6WRHC Prof Day 18Aug ENG LAST VERSION
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REGISTRATION FOR THE 6TH WORLD REINDEER HERDERS’ CONGRESS IS NOW CLOSED

August 12, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

 

An updated program will be published shortly 

 

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DEADLINE to send registration forms for the 6 WRHC HAS BEEN PROLONGED

June 16, 2017 • Svetlana AvelovaBlogLeave a comment

The organizers of the 6WRHC inform that the deadline for applications has been extended until July 30  (due to visa processing), and August 10 for participants who does not need visa.

Download the registration form here.

Information about the Congress is here

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EALLU book now available online

May 30, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

The Arctic Council SDWG EALLU book entitled “EALLU; Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins” which was launched at the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks, Alaska is now available to download on the Arctic Council document archive.

Over millennia, Arctic Indigenous People’ culinary traditions and food culture have nourished peoples, enriched communities, bound generations and embodied the very essence of ‘sustainability’. Indigenous food production and processing systems ensured that by connecting to the deep cycles of the seasons, sun and moon, and their specific ecological niches, and their rich knowledge, herders, hunters, fishers and gatherers could sustain human and animal life over thousands of years. This is not ‘Traditional Knowledge’ constructed in the form of a declaration or political statement. This is ancient knowledge enacted in the everyday.
This is a book about the fabulous abundance and diversity of food in the Arctic. While many think of the Arctic as a place of harsh climate and scarcity, in fact the Arctic hosts an extraordinary food culture, built on 10,000 years of knowledge, and intergenerational knowledge transfer.
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Arctic Council SDWG EALLU Traditional Foods Book Launches Today

May 10, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

One of the main deliverables from the EALLU project is officially launched today at a side event to the Arctic Council Ministerial. The book is entitled “INDIGENOUS YOUTH, ARCTIC CHANGE & FOOD CULTURE. FOOD, KNOWLEDGE AND HOW WE HAVE THRIVED ON THE MARGINS”.

In terms of the breadth and scope, this is a unique publication that encompasses the traditional food culture of 14 different indigenous peoples through their own presentation of as many as 30 ‘recipes’. Contributions are drawn from Sámi, Nenets, Evenki, Chukchi, Even, Dukha, Inuit, Gwichin, Aleut, Koryak, Athabaskan and more. Many of the authors, in line with the project goals are drawn from indigenous youth. This is not a regular ‘cookbook’, as a quick glance at the menu illustrates: 

The Benefits of Raw Eating, Suovastuhttit: Using Fire and Smoke to Preserve Reindeer Meat; Reindeer Blood Soup; Reindeer Eye Soup; Buyuren – Blood Sausage; Chalmi, Hilta hilen – Stomach soup; Mipkuq (Black Meat in Seal Oil) – «Iñupiat Soul Food» and many more.

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EALLU Arctic Council Book Launch Countdown

May 9, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

Final preparations for the official launch of the SDWG Arctic Council EALLU project primary deliverable are underway in Fairbanks, Alaska. The ICR/WRH/EALLU team from Norway and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) are gathered in Fairbanks for the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting which takes place tomorrow May 10 -11th. See the growing gallery here.

The launch will take place at a side event to the Ministerial (see full programme here or below. The launch will feature reindeer meat tasting (2 Alaskan reindeer have been slaughtered for the event) with meat prepared by Sámi chef Nils Bendik Dunfjeld. This will be followed by a panel discussion with the following:

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EALLU Book Launch at Arctic Council Ministerial Event

May 2, 2017 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

The EALLU project primary delivery is a substantial ‘cookbook’ over over 160 pages of text and striking photography that gives a brand overview of 10 indigenous peoples food culture through the prism of specific dishes – some 30 recipes in all.

Traditional food and its preparation, conservation and consumption goes to  the very heart of indigenous peoples in the Arctic and their relationships with their community, land and animals. Many of the dishes are from reindeer and caribou, but there are other examples also of foods from marine mammals, plants on land and in sea and more. 

The book will be launched at an event being held during the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks Alaska. The launch will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by the UAF Reindeer Research Program, in partnership with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Topics will revolve around food, knowledge, youth and how best to utilise food and traditional knowledge for community empowerment.

Perhaps best of all? Reindeer meat will be served!!

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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

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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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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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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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Mass Reindeer Deaths Linked to Extreme Climate Events on Yamal

November 16, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Challenges, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment
Dead Reindeer, death due to extreme climate event. Photo: Roma Serotetto

Dead Reindeer, death due to extreme climate event. Photo: Roma Serotetto

From the press release announcing a new paper entitled ‘Sea ice, rain-on-snow and tundra reindeer nomadism in Arctic Russia’ published today in the journal, Biology Letters. You can read the article in full here.

Scientists have interviewed nomadic reindeer herders in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of West Siberia, the world’s most productive reindeer herding region, to look at how global warming is affecting their way of life. While rain-on-snow generally does not cause problems in spring, it can be catastrophic for reindeer in the autumn when rain turns to an ice crust as normal freezing temperatures return. This crust, often several centimetres thick,
prevents the reindeer from feeding on fodder beneath the snow throughout the winter
months. Two extreme weather events in 2006 and 2013 caused mass starvation among the
reindeer herds, and researchers for the first time have linked these extreme weather events
on the coastal mainland in northwest Russia with sea ice loss in the adjoining Barents and
Kara seas.

The most recent rain-on-snow event of November 2013 resulted in 61 000 reindeer deaths,
about 22% out of 275 000 reindeer on the Yamal Peninsula, says the paper, which warns
that these events seem to be increasing in severity.

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Anthrax in Reindeer on Yamal Seminar Held, Salekhard

November 12, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Challenges, ICR/WRH, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Anthrax seminar The ICR and WRH team have been in Salekhard, the capital of the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug for the whole week and yesterday, attended an international seminar on the outbreak of anthrax on the Yamal Peninsula this summer. The anthrax outbreak was an event that captured global headlines and aroused significant concern amongst herders and their advocates, as significant reindeer culls have been suggested, and a desire to reduce the number of active herders has also touted. Considerable unease and uncertainty within the livelihood has arisen as a result.

The seminar was a two day event and was opened by the Yamal Governor Dmitry Kobylkin and included presentations by multiple presenters from Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, UK, Germany, Canada and the US on various topics including anthrax outbreaks, pastures, reindeer health, education,

From the ICR/WRH team, presentations were made by Svein Mathiesen (“Social- ecological resilience of reindeer husbandry in times of Arctic change”), Johan Mathis Turi (“The role of traditional knowledge and management in the future”) and ICR board member Roza Laptander from the Arctic Centre, Finland, (“Turbulent periods in the history of Yamal reindeer husbandry in stories of tundra dwellers”)

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EALLU Seminar Wraps Up in Salekhard, Yamal Nenets AO

November 8, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

EALLU YouthToday the EALLU seminar entitled ‘Traditional Knowledge and Food Culture of Indigenous Peoples of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug: Towards a Safe and Sustainable Future’. The event was attended by students and youth, along with researchers, the ICR and WRH team and indigenous and political leaders from the Yamal Nenets Automous Okrug.

Content from the workshop will also feed into the EALLU Reindeer Herders Arctic Cookbook which will be delivered to the Arctic Council next year.

See meeting gallery below. Meeting programme is here.

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EALLU Workshop in Salekhard Gets Underway

Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

2_flat_logo_215x75On Tuesday, November 8, as part of a week long series of reindeer related activities in Salekhard, in the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug, there will be an EALLU seminar held at the Yamal Polar Agroeconomic College, entitled ‘Traditional Knowledge and Food Culture of Indigenous Peoples of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug: Towards a Safe and Sustainable Future. There will be presentations by Nenets and Sami researchers, experts, practitioners and a number of presentations by students of the college on food safety (Traditional Nenets foods feature a lot of raw meat and blood) and that traditional foods are an ‘anti stress diet’, speaking to the fact that traditional foods are not just about protein, but encompass a range of cultural, economic, social, spiritual and physical properties and functions. Presenters include ICR Director Anders Oskal, WRH Executive Chair Mikhail Pogodaev, Inger Anita Smuk.

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Mongolian Parliament Members Visit Reindeer Centre

November 7, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, ProjectsLeave a comment

Mongolian delegationOn Friday and Saturday, November 5-6 in Kautokeino, a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the Khuvsgul Khugjil Foundation, Mongolia was signed when members of the Mongolian Parliament visited ICR. The discussions centred around with the promotion of  nomadism and local economies, students scholarships, film production, small business innovation, internet access, village friendship development and the language issue of the indigenous Dukha peoples in Mongolia. This cooperation is an outgrowth of the Nomadic Herders project. Some photos below. The visiting delegation included Battsteseg Batsuuri  for the Mongolian Embassy in Stockholm, Batchuluun Otgonsur,  an advisor from Ulan Bataar and Munkhbaatar Lkhagva, member of the  Mongolian Parliament. Some more pictures here on our Facebook page.

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Lynx Kill Far More Reindeer Than Science Previously Stated

October 19, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Challenges, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Lynx predatorFascinating research on predators emerging from NINA in Norway regarding the rate and number of reindeer (and sheep) killed by Lynx is far higher than authorities have previously stated. Indeed, the numbers are far closer to that which herders have always claimed, especially in Troms and Finnmark, that predation by Lynx is a major threat to herders’ economy and livelihood.

In February of this year, 10 Lynx were captured and fitted with GPS collars which were monitored by researchers. Once animals were stationary for some time, researchers would then look for dead animals in those areas. Researchers found that a make lynx can kill a reindeer or sheep each day. One lynx in particular killed 100 reindeer.

While compensation for losses to predators are compensated, up until now Finnmark and Troms County reject 90% of all claims. Hans Ole Eira, Head of the Lakkonjárga district is quoted as saying that he is glad that research is finally proving that herders should be believed.

Read the full story here (in Norwegian)

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Yamal government decided on decreasing the number of reindeer

October 12, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment
ITAR-TASS 74: KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA. NOVEMBER 27. Reindeer heads with the velvet covering ripped off the antlers, Esso Village, Kamchatka, Russia. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Igor Buimistrov) 74. Россия. Камчатка. 27 ноября. Заготовка оленьего мяса в селе Эссо. Фото ИТАР-ТАСС/ Игорь Буймистров

(Photo ITAR-TASS / Igor Buimistrov)

Yamal government has decided to reduce the number of reindeer and decrease the reindeer livestock by approximately 100,000. Reindeer herders and owners of the reindeer were not asked the permission to slaughter their reindeer, and now herers themselves think that the government is in sympathy with  gas-producing companies. 

With the petition on the website Change.org, addressed to the president of Russia, Yamal reindeer herders protest against the mass slaughter of reindeer on the recent decision of the authorities: “We believe that this step is caused by the interests of the gas industry – reindeer and herders are getting in the way of the gas workers. We want to preserve our culture and our traditional way of life. If you force us to reduce the number of animals, it will dramatically and irrevocably worsen the socio-economic situation in the region. Actually authorities understand that, they are now deciding on what to do with those of us who will be left without work and without reindeer. ”

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EALLU Presented to Arctic Council SDWG, Maine

October 3, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

Anders Oskal SDWGICR Director Anders Oskal presented the progress on the EALLU project to the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group over the weekend in Orono, Maine. The Arctic Council is currently under the U.S. Chairmanship.

The progress on the project is considerable. EALLU is managed by ICR and WRH, with co-leads Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, Russia, USA, the Aleut International Association and the Saami Council. EALLU runs up to 2019, but already 26 different activities such as community workshops, seminars and events have been held, in a huge variety of locations, including Inuvik, Nome, Kautokeino, Inari, Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Moscow, Uryung-Khaya, Chersky, Topolinoe, Yakutsk, Genhe (China) and Tereli in Mongolia, to name but a few.

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Ellen Inga Turi Talks Indigenous Knowledge at the White House

September 28, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

Ellen Inga Turi presented an important speech to the Indigenous Peoples’ pre meeting to the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial, which was held today in Washington D.C. Turi, who was raised in Kautokeino in a reindeer herding family, was representing the Saami Council and is an employee of ICR and recently finished her Phd in the University of Umeå, Sweden, on the topic of governance in reindeer husbandry in Finnmark.

Read a new release from the White House on yesterdays pre-meeting here,  and about the Ministerial here. There were a number of side events organized by ARCUS which you can view here, and a Webinar on Arctic Science for Education and Citizen Empowerment which you can watch the recording of here.

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Read Turi’s speech below.

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RIEVDAN Workshop on Traditional Foods and Knowledge, St Petersburg

September 6, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Projects, RIEVDANLeave a comment

On September 12, 2016 in the Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI) in St Petersburg, Russia, the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the UArctic EALAT Institute is organizing a seminar on indigenous peoples’ traditional food, traditional food culture and traditional knowledge. The seminar is being organized under the umbrella of the RIEVDAN project and is entitled ‘Traditional Knowledge and Food Culture – Towards Developing Research and Transforming Indigenous Economies in the Circumpolar North‘. Speakers include Mikhail Pogodaev (Northern Forum), Lyudmila Gashiliva of the IPI, Anders Oskal of ICR, Line Kalak of the Sami University of Applied Sciences and Svein Mathiesen of EALAT Institute and the UiT, the Arctic University of Norway.

See the full programme below

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GLOBIO og reindriften i Finnmark

September 1, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Nomadic Herders Sápmi, ProjectsComments (1)

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 2.54.43 PMARRANGERT AV PROSJEKTET NOMADIC HERDERS

Velkommen til åpent fagmøte om karter, arealbruk,
tap av beiteland og klimaendringer i Vest Finnmark

Kantina på Vegstasjonen på SKAIDI Lørdag 3 SEPTEMBER kl 0900 – 1500

Det serveres kaffe og lunsj

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Friendship of Reindeer Herders: Chukchi and Dolgan

July 25, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment
Petr Kaurgin

Participants of the Biological Diversity Course in Kautokeino: Sofia Zakharova (from Dolgan reindeer herding), Petr Kaurgin and Maksim Reundiu (Chukchi reindeer herders)

It has been exactly three months since reindeer herders from Russia and Mongolia left Kautokeino (Norway), as the international course on biological diversity and traditional knowldge reached the end of its first part (more information about the course here).  35 students/reindeer herders from three countries and seven different nations (Saami, Dukha, Nenets, Chukchi, Dolgan, Evenki and Even) are now at their homeland, mostly working with reindeer herds and also conducting their own small projects on documentation of traditional knowledge.

During two weeks of lectures in Kautokeino in April 2016, reindeer herders from different parts of the world not only got a chance to learn about reindeer husbandry of different peoples, gain new experience, share their challenges and concerns, they also made very good friendship. Even the language was not a problem, herders from Russia couldnt speak with herders from Mongolia, but they found their way of communicating by using gesticulation, photos and mobile phones.

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Nenets Student Learns Sami, Completes Groundbreaking Work on Sami / Nenets Slaughter terminologies

July 1, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

nechei serotettoNechei A. Serotetto, a young Nenets student who took the remarkable step of travelling to Kautokeino in the heart of the Sami reindeer herding area, living there for a year, learning Sami language and applying her acquired knowledge on Nenets and Sami reindeer herding slaughtering techniques and terminology has received top marks for her completed final year paper.  Serotetto’s work was for her final paper in teacher education at the Institute of the North, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. This is a valuable contribution as Nenets slaughtering terminology is highly specific and sometimes ‘secret’ her work is a valuable addition to the broader knowledge and awareness of traditional knowledge of herding peoples. It is worth noting that no-one has ever studied the traditional Nenets way of slaughtering reindeer, making her work groundbreaking, particularly when compared to the more studied Sami practices of slaughter, which she studied and participated in, during her stay in Kautokeino.

Serotetto grew up in a nomadic reindeer herding family in the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the largest single area of reindeer herding in the world where she was immersed in the nomadic herding life of her family and to where she is returning.

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‘Then it isn’t reindeer husbandry’ – Important report on impact on herding of proposed mine

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Laver reportAn important report authored by Rebecca Lawrence (Uni of Stockholm) and Rasmus Larsen of the (Stockholm Environment Institute) has just been published. Entitled ”Då är det inte renskötsel” – Konsekvenser av en gruvetablering i Laver, Älvsbyn, för Semisjaur Njarg sameby,  the report  concerns the impacts of Boliden’s proposed mine in Laver, northern Sweden, for the Semisjaur Njarg Sami reindeer herding community.

The proposed mine is on the Semisjaur Njarg community’s winter grazing pastures. Across the Sami reindeer herding area, winter pastures are under pressure and are particularly challenging for herders as they are experiencing intense pasture fragmentation. The district are concerned that the impact of this mine will hinder their ability to practice traditional herding and nomadism in such a way that a herder is quoted as stating ”Då är det inte renskötsel”, or, ‘Then it’s no longer reindeer husbandry’, and the district is opposed to the development of the mine in the Laver area.

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New Law on Nomadic Family Finally Been Adopted in Yakutia

June 18, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaBlog, Challenges, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment
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Photo by Yuri Kokovin, 2014 at Iengra ,Yakutia

After a long struggle in Sakha Republic (Yakutia) a new law on Nomadic Family in Sakha Republic was finally adopted on June 15, 2016. The State Assembly (Il Tumen) of Sakha Republic (Yakutia) for the first time made it protected by law – the definition of nomadic family and nomadic way of life, which will allow indigenous peoples of the North to use their constitutional rights.

It took many years to bring the draft law on approval of the Yakutian  State Assembly. Acccording to the law, nomadic family is a family that lives and migrates on nomadic territories and reindeer pastures throughout the whole calendar year for the sustainable and rational use of food, water, biological and hunting resources. 

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Future Vision for the Reindeer Meat Industry – Now online

June 14, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, RIEVDANLeave a comment

Meat seminar thumbnailYou can now watch all the presentations (16 in all!), from the  seminar entitled “A Future Vision for the Reindeer Meat Industry: The role of new technologies and traditional knowledge”, on our YouTube channel. The event was presented by the Arctic Council SDWG project EALLU: FOOD and INDIGENOUS YOUTH, Nosegcher (EALLU Sakha), RIEVDAN: Two Ways of Knowing and the Arctic Indigenous Peoples Culinary Institute and organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in collaboration with the Embassy of Norway in Moscow.

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Watch Jon Mikkel Eira Joik in Norwegian Embassy, Moscow

June 2, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

Jon Mikkel Eira explains and performs a Yoik, opening a seminar entitled “A Future Vision for the Reindeer Meat Industry: The role of new technologies and traditional knowledge”. The event was presented by the Arctic Council SDWG project EALLU: FOOD and INDIGENOUS YOUTH, Nosegcher (EALLU Sakha), RIEVDAN: Two Ways of Knowing and the Arctic Indigenous Peoples Culinary Institute and organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in collaboration with the Embassy of Norway in Moscow.

For the full story go here.

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Nomadic Herders Attend UNEA Nairobi, New Brochure

May 25, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Nomadic Herders, ProjectsLeave a comment

Oskal_Steinar Nairobi 2016The Nomadic Herders project is this week in Nairobi, Kenya at the UNEP (UN Environment Programme) headquarters. Project leaders and partners are attending the UNEA (United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). UNEA is a result of the call made by world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June 2012, to strengthen and upgrade UNEP as the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda and by establishing universal membership in its Governing Council.

ICR Director Anders Oskal and Nomadic Herders project leader Professor Svein Mathiesen are in attendance and have held a number of meetings with relevant personnel including UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General Achim Steinar of the United Nations to discuss the challenges of how international sanctions effect the implementation of GEF-UNEP projects. The team also met with Dr Marieta Sakalian, program manager of the Nomadic Herders project in UNEP. A new brochure has been released for the event (see below). You can follow UNEA on their Youtube channel here.

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New Phd: State Management & Traditional Knowledge in Reindeer Husbandry Management

May 19, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Ellen Inga TuriSámi scholar Ellen Inga Turi is defending her Phd on Friday, May 20 in Umeå, Sweden. Her work is groundbreaking and touches on the field of management, reindeer husbandry and traditional ecological knowledge.

The PhD is entitled “State Steering and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Reindeer Herding Governance: Cases from western Finnmark, Norway and Yamal, Russia”. Her Faculty Opponent is Professor Dietrich Soyez from the Department of Geography at University of Cologne, Germany. The thesis is part of the research project IPY EALÁT which has been coordinated by the Sami University of Applied Sciences and UArctic Ealát Institute within the International Reindeer Centre Husbandry in Kautokeino / Guovdageaidnu.

The area of investigation were in the Sami reindeer grazing area of West Finnmark in Norway and the Nenets reindeer grazing area in Yamal, Western Siberia, which are the largest reindeer herding areas in the world, both in terms of number of people and reindeer. In these areas there are certain similarities, but also major differences in terms such as political organization and management systems.

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See photos from the 17 May Celebrations, Moscow

Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

IMG_0063You can now see a large gallery of images from 17 May, Norwegian national day, celebrations held in Moscow this week. See all the photos here.

Fine traditional foods of reindeer met, frozen fish, reindeer fat, blood, cloudberries and more was served to 200 people on the grounds of the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow, presided over by Ambassador Leidulv Namtvedt.

The event was organized by the EALLU team nd the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in partnership with the Embassy

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EALLU: Short Introductory Film on Food and Knowledge Project

May 16, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Projects, RIEVDANLeave a comment

Issat Turi slaughteringAs part of the reindeer meat seminar being held in the Embassy of Norway (see here for details) and tomorrows celebrations of Norway’s national day (Syttende mai) a short film has been made outlining the Arctic Council EALLU project and the course (“Conservation of Biodiversity in an Indigenous Perspective”), held under the EALLU project recently in Kautokeino, Norway.

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Herders from across Eurasia celebrate National Norway Day in Moscow

EALLU in Moscow 2016Indigenous herders, herding organizations and business operators from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Kola Peninsula and Finnmark in Norway have gathered in Moscow to participate in a seminar entitled “A Future Vision for the Reindeer Meat Industry: The role of new technologies and traditional knowledge”

The event is presented by the Arctic Council SDWG project EALLU: FOOD and INDIGENOUS YOUTH, Nosegcher (EALLU Sakha), RIEVDAN: Two Ways of Knowing and the Arctic Indigenous Peoples Culinary Institute and organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in collaboration with the Embassy of Norway in Moscow.

The event will be held on Monday, May 16th, in the grounds of the Norwegian Embassy which is in the Arbat district of Moscow, and where a lavvu has been erected.

Of course, the event precedes and is in tandem with the National Day of Norway, syttende mai (lit. “seventeenth May”). On the 17th May, up to 200 guests have been invited to celebrate Norway’s national day and the EALLU group will make reindeer meat from three reindeer from the Kola Peninsula, cloudberries from the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug, smoked reindeer meat from Taymyr and fish from Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Photos and more to follow. 

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In Sámi language May is Miessemánu, or Reindeer Calf Month.

May 10, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Miessemánu: In northern Sámi language, the month of May is called Miessemánu, or ‘reindeer calf month’, and it is this time of year that the cycle of life continues in the world of reindeer herding. For reindeer and herders life starts anew across the Sámi area, as reindeer are not only giving birth to new calves but they are on the move, most particularly in Norway and Sweden.

A newborn reindeer calf runs alongside its mother on the Nadym Tundra. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia. © Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography / ArcticPhoto

A newborn reindeer calf runs alongside its mother on the Nadym Tundra. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia. © Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography / ArcticPhoto

In many districts, it is time to leave the winter pastures and travel overland to the summer pastures and reindeer and their herders are travelling over ancient and well worn migratory paths often to the coast, mainly by walking, sometimes by boat, and occasionally by truck to reach their summer pastures. It is also a dangerous time for reindeer – predators are on the move too, and reindeer calves are food for lynx, wolverine, eagles and some bears and wolves. Herders in Scandinavia can lose as many as half of the calves born to their animals, so it is of vigilance and a time for extended families to take part in watching and moving with the herd.

Thanks to ICR board member Roza Laptander for pointing out that Nenets people also have reindeer themed months in their language – April is the ‘false reindeer calving month’ (Сие ниць иры) and May is the reindeer calving month (Ты” ниць иры).

So here’s to Miessemánu, travel safely and watch out for the predators!

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TV 2 Norway interview young Dukha Student

May 3, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Nomadic Herders Sápmi, ProjectsLeave a comment

Dukha interview thumbnailThere was a good deal of media attention paid to the presence of over 30 students from around the world of reindeer herding in Kautokeino, Norway last month. Kautokeino of course is the largest centre of reindeer herding in the Sami area. TV 2 Norway made a short interview with DALAIJARGAL Gombo, a young Dukha student who was attending the Biological Diversity in course about why she was there and her hopes for the future challenges facing reindeer herding in Mongolia. She expressed faith that through collaboration with young herders from around the word, these challenges can be met. Watch the video here or below.

 

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Boazojahki – A Reindeer Calendar Year

May 2, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

BoazojahkiA unique Sami language calendar was launched last week in Kautokeino. Entitled ‘Boazojahki‘, it is a calendar that details the calendar year in terms of what it means for reindeer, reindeer herders and the work that must be done at the time of the year. Each month covers an enormous amount of information and insight into the cyclical and nature based world of reindeer husbandry.

The calendar is entirely in Sami language and  is aimed primarily at children and youth but is of interest to all with an interest in reindeer herding. The author and creator is Karen Marie Eira Buljo.

Below are some pictures from the launch in Kautokeino. The calendar can be purchased here from the Sami language publisher Davvi Girji.

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New Gallery – Vice Minister Lunde ‘Lavvu Dialogue’

During the Biological Diversity course (8J-100) held recently in the Sami University of Applied Sciences, Kautokeino, as part of the introductory sessions there was a ‘lavvu dialogue’ held with the State Secretary Lars Andreas Lunde of the Ministry of Climate and Environment (Norway) and the President of the Sami Parliament in Norway, Aili Keskitalo. Below is new gallery of images from the session. The course is organized as  part of the Nomadic Herders project.

A ‘lavvu dialogue’ is a discussion that can take place either in a ‘lavvu‘ or in a lavvu like setting whereby all participants are seated in a circle on reindeer skins and are all equal participants in the dialogue and can share their voices in a collaborative non formal setting.

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Young herders met again at the Parliament of Sakha Republic

April 28, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

13095825_1310345465661282_8731540934478839728_nToday at the Parliament of Sakha Republic were held a press-conference with young reindeer herders – students of the UArctic EALAT Institute about their trip to Norway for 8j-100 education course on biodiversity and food culture traditional knowledge. Students just came back to their homelands, and they already were asked to have a press-conference with Yakutian mass-media. They shared their experience and still have a lot of impressions from the last two weeks in Norway.

 

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‘Biological Diversity’ Can Mean Blood on Your Hands

April 13, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Unknown-1As written previously, a course with over thirty students from all over the world of reindeer husbandry (Chukchi, Even, Evenki, Dolgan, Sami, Nenets and Dukha – to see where all these reindeer peoples live visit our Reindeer Peoples page), is currently underway in Kautokeino. Entitled ‘Biological Diversity from Indigenous Perspective’, the course has a strong focus on traditional food preparation and techniques and food as a key tool for the conservation of biological diversity and knowledge. Day 2 of the course is underway today, where students are demonstrating the skills, knowledge and food from their respective regions.

As the gallery below shows, working with reindeer meat and preparing traditional foods involves work, blood, fire and ashes…

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International Media Visit to Learn About Reindeer, Food

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IMG_2750In an event coordinated by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and Søren Kühlwein, the Director of the Hotel og Restaurantskolen in Copenhagen, a large number of food journalists are currently guests of ICR in Kautokeino where they are learning at first hand the meaning of ‘traditional foods’ in the Arctic. Traditional food consumption, processing and economies are one of the mainstays of life in small indigenous communities. The production and processing of reindeer meat and related products is a key plank in nurturing sustainability and resilience in marginal and often marginalized communities.

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Biological Diversity from Indigenous Perspective Course Starts Today

April 12, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Biological Diversity CourseA unique course got underway in Kautokeino, Norway today, with well over 30 young students with many young reindeer herding peoples represented (Nenets, Eveny, Evenki, Sami, Chukchi, Dukha and Dolgan). The students are enrolled as Bachelor students at the Sami University of Applied Sciences in Kautokeino in a course entitled ‘Biological diversity in a circumpolar indigenous perspective’.

The bringing together of this diverse group of young reindeer herders has been made possible through the coordination  of UNEP, GEF, the Arctic Council through the rubric of the Nomadic Herders project as organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in cooperation with University of the Arctic with financial support from the Norwegian Government, Ministry of Climate and Environment. With a strong focus on traditional food preparation, techniques and food as a key tool for the conservation of biological diversity and knowledge, the goal is to enhance the resilience of reindeer herders’ ecosystems and livelihoods, with an emphasis on the future generations of herders that will have to navigate the complexities of maintaining a traditional livelihood in a rapidly changing Arctic.

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ICR and WRH Celebrate Reindeer and Herders in Topolinoe, Sakha

April 7, 2016 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Projects, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Reindeer Herders Day on the Tompo River

Between 31 March to 2 April in the village of Topolinoe (Tomponsky ulus, Sakha Republic) during the annual Reindeer Herders Day celebrations (which are held across Russia) there were special celebrations of the 85th anniversary of Vasily Mikhailovich Kladkin’. He was a well known ‘Hero of Socialist Labor’ and an ‘Honored Worker of Agriculture’.

Kladkin Vasily Mikhailovich (10.01.1931-27.05.2003) was a reindeer herder and Director of the sovkhoz. Not only are the residents of Topolinoe proud of him, but also the entire Republic. Under his leadership, the kolkhoz “Tomponsky” achieved outstanding success with regard to its economic indicators in the field of reindeer husbandry. Through effective organization and an intensive pre-slaughter fattening of reindeer, there was an increase in meat production and meat quality specifically and more generally, an improved local and regional economy and livelihood.

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Eveny herders of Brigade 12 on the move.

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WRH discussed the 1st Annual International Reindeer Move in the Arctic

April 6, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaBlog, Reindeer HerdersComments (1)

IMG-20160405-WA0007 It was a very tough schedule for WRH and ICR representatives Anders Oskal and Svein Mathiesen during their stay in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) this week, and they also made time to discuss the first annual international reindeer move with Muus Khaya director Egor Makarov. The reindeer move is planned for February-March 2017 for a period of 10-12 days, and will trek for 500 km through the Verkhoyansk Range in Siberia.

The idea and purpose of this of this large expedition is also to draw more attention to reindeer herding and to support international cooperation between reindeer herders of the world.     

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WRH and ICR attended SDWG and SAO meetings in Alaska

March 26, 2016 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

15-0021_Arctic Council_Black Emblem_public_artLast week, there was a series of major events in Alaska, dedicated to the development of the Arctic as part of the US chairmanship in the Arctic Council. Events included a meeting of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council (SDWG) in Barrow, Arctic Science Summit Week, Arctic Observing Summit and Senior Arctic Officials meeting.

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APPLY NOW! NEW COURSE IN TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND BIODIVERSITY THIS SPRING

reindeerBiological Diversity in a Circumpolar Indigenous Perspective

Starting April 11th, 2016 in Kautokeino, Norway, this is a course organized by the Sámi University College and the UArctic EALÁT Institute in cooperation with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. The course includes a two-week session in Kautokeino, and independent project-work to document traditional knowledge.

 

Who Should Apply & Why?

The course is aimed at training young reindeer herders and indigenous youth in documenting traditional knowledge related to biodiversity change. This is an introductory-level course to indigenous peoples traditional knowledge and its use for the conservation of biological diversity. The focus is on building a bridge between analytical and empirical approaches to traditional knowledge. The course will, on the one hand, provide an introduction to academic debates on how traditional knowledge contributes to sustaining indigenous peoples societies and the role of traditional knowledge in the conservation of biological diversity. On the other hand it will provide students with practical experience in using methods to document traditional knowledge on biological diversity in a systematic and ethical manner.

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Johan Mathis Turi gives Academia Borealis keynote

February 13, 2016 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, ICR/WRH, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

JMTJohan Mathis Turi was invited to give the keynote to the annual meeting of Academia Borealis on February 11th in Tromso, Norway. Turi has been invited to be a member of the Academia Borealis. His speech was entitled “Reindeer Herding in the 21st century”. You can read about this more on Academia Borealis webpage.

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Samisk reindrift, norske myter – Fagseminar og boklansering

February 8, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Dávggas, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

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Reindrift har et dårlig rykte i Norge. Det har lenge blitt hevdet at det er for mange rein i Finnmark, og at dette går utover lavmattene på vidda, produktiviteten i næringen og dyrevelferden.

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Den nye boka “Samisk reindrift, norske myter” drøfter forestillinger og realiteter om samisk reindrift. I motsetning til bildet som skapes av medier, politikere og forvaltning, argumenterer forfatterne for at den tradisjonsbaserte reindriften er en økologisk bærekraftig aktivitet. Næringen trues derimot av arealinngrep som gruvedrift og feilvurderinger i statens reindriftsforvaltning. Boka viser at det er grunn til å legge om til en reindriftsforvaltning der utøvernes egen tradisjonsbaserte kunnskap tas på alvor.

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Maid dihtet olbmot Oslos sámi biepmu birra?

February 5, 2016 • Philip BurgessBloggaLeave a comment

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Oslos gávdná kebab, sushi, pizza ja thai-biepmu juohke gáhttanurkkis, muhto maid dihtet olbmot Oslos sámi biebmokultuvrra birra? Máŋggakultuvrralaš Norga gávdnui áigá juo, guhká ovdal go maŋimus logijagiid sisafárremiid, muhto sámi biebmokultuvra lea jávkán eará guovlluid eksohtalaš biebmokultuvrraid sisa. Dán vahkkoloahpa sáhttet mánát ja ollesolbmot smáhket sámi biepmuid, gos Geitmyra biebmokulturguovddáš ovttas Riikkaidgaskasaš boazodoalloguovddážiin lágidit Sámi álbmotbeaivvi ávvudeami.

Sámit dihtet mo ávkkástallat olles bohcco nu ahte sáhttá ráhkadit njálgga, buori ja beaktilis biepmu. Dát lea juoga man birra mii buohkat galggašeimmet oahppat eambbo, lohká Anderas Viestad, fágalaš ovddasvástideaddji Geitmyra biebmokulturguovddážis.

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Russian Military Using Reindeer

February 2, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, ReindeerLeave a comment

You can see more photos from these exercises here on the Russian Military of Defence Facebook Page

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ICR and WRH at the Arctic Frontiers 2016 in Tromso

January 27, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

AFThe 10th Arctic Frontiers conference, titled Industry and Environment, is arranged in Tromsø, Norway on 24-29 January 2016. The Arctic is a global crossroad between commercial and environmental interests. The region holds substantial natural resources and many actors are investigating ways to utilize these for economic gain. Others view the Arctic as a particularly pristine and vulnerable environment and highlight the need to limit industrial development.

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“Samisk reindrift, norske myter” Seminar in Kautokeino

January 21, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Dávggas, Projects, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

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On February 9th, a seminar is being held in Kautokeino to mark the launch and publication of this important new book: “Samisk reindrift, norske meter”. Although the final participant list and presentations are to be finalized, there will be presentations and discussions led by the book lead authors and editors, Tor A. Benjaminsen (NMBU), Inger Marie Gaup Eira and Mikkel Nils Sara (Sami University College). Read this post here on the Reindeer Portal to read more about the book and where it can be purchased and here to read about the DÁVGGAS project. The seminar is being organized by NMBU, ICR, UEI and the Sami University College.

Samisk reindrift, norske myter. Finnes det alternative løsninger for forvaltningen av reindriften i Finnmark?

Fagseminar i forbindelse med lansering av en ny fagbok om samisk reindrift i Finnmark Diehtosiida, Guovdageaidnu-Kautokeino 9. februar 2016, kl 09.00-14.00

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New book: Samisk reindrift, Norske Myter

January 19, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Dávggas, Projects, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

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A new book goes on sale today entitled ‘Samisk reindrift, Norske Myter’ (Sami reindeer husbandry, Norwegian myths) and it is the primary deliverable from the DÁVGGAS project, an interdisciplinary project involving researchers from NMBU and the Sami University College.

Edited by Tor A. Benjaminsen, Inger Marie Gaup Eira and Mikkel Nils Sara, the book is a collection of articles written by the project resaerchers and is sure to be an important contribution to the ongoing and often contested debates surrounding the continuation of an age old indigenous livelihood with the confines of a contemporary nation state. A seminar held in combination with the books publication will be held in Kautokeino, on February 9, 2016 (details to follow). The book is in Norwegian – you can view the introductory chapter here and purchase the book here.

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From the foreword of the book (apologies, my translation),

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Animation on how man made barriers impact wild reindeer migration

January 13, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Challenges, Reindeer, Wild ReindeerLeave a comment

Nice short animation that illustrates how human changes to the landscape (roads, railways, hydropower, cabins, tourist trails) have impacted the wild reindeer herds in Dovrefjell and Rondane, southern Norway – which is home to Europes’ last wild herd of reindeer. Of course these landscape changes impact semi domesticated reindeer in the same way. The film was produced by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research as part of the project ‘Renewable-Reindeer

 

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‘Moving with the Reindeer in Winter’ – Stunning Drone footage of reindeer migration

January 8, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Beautiful footage shot by by Jan Helmer Olsen who lives in Karasjok. It is shot by drone and taken while the reindeer migrate to their winter pastures, in Finnmarksvidda, Norway. The migration is timeless and majestic and is part of the perennial rhythm of herding life in the North.

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Santa and His Flying Reindeer…?

December 20, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ReindeerLeave a comment

Everyflying reindeer year, at this time of the year, people love to find out about reindeer…most especially those flying ones that accompany Santa Claus on his tour of the world, delivering presents. We at the Reindeer Portal are delighted that everyone wants to know about reindeer at any time of the year, and from our archives, you can read a popular post that looks into the fact and fiction that is connected to this story of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. Read the post here. Since our post, a newer article on LiveScience looked at the connection between the consumption of certain mushrooms and reindeer flight and nicely deconstructs it at the end. Santa on a trip?

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Watch Per Jonas Partapuoli Address Global Landscapes Forum, Paris

December 7, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Per Jonas PartapuoliPer Jonas Partapuoli, board member of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, addressed the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris on Saturday, December 5th, an event that is shadowing the much larger COP 21 negotiations. From the Global Landscapes website,

The respect and recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, customary land tenure and traditional knowledge have significantly contributed to more sustainable use and management of various ecosystems. Speakers at the session represent both Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and corporate representatives to explore the crucial question: Is a triple-win – where the economy, people and the climate all benefit – possible, despite the many documented and potential conflicts.

Per Jonas talks at 30.30 into the video and raises the work of the EALLIN project and the challenges facing reindeer herding in Sapmi, with a focus on the mining giant LKAB and Kiruna.

“My family have been practicing reindeer herding long before Sweden became a country”

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Vyacheslav Shadrin Wins Paul K. Feyerabend Award

December 2, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

Vyacheslav Shadrin Vyacheslav Shadrin, Chair of the Yukaghir Council of Elders of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was recently awarded with the Paul K. Feyerabend Award. The award “Paul K. Feyerabend – A World of Solidarity is Possible” is granted each year to ‘exceptionally  successful works favouring solidarity within or between communities. The prize acknowledges and encourages remarkable accomplishments which represent true sources of inspiration.’ Shadrin, it should be noted is also a deputy board member of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and long time colleague.

Since the late days of the Soviet Union, Chief Shadrin has systematically advanced the cause of the indigenous peoples and communities of the Far East of Russia. As a leader of his own Yukaghir indigenous people, he is Vice President of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East for Yakutia.

Throughout the 1990s, Chief Shadrin has been instrumental in supporting Yukaghir’s land and language issues and, since the new millennium, has been constantly on the move to promote the larger movement of indigenous peoples, including Even, Evenk, Chukchi, Dolgan and Yukaghir peoples across the region in Yakutia, Chukotka, Magadan and Khabarovsk, among other areas.

Tirelessly travelling every week to distant indigenous communities in the tundra and taiga regions, Chief Shadrin learns about the problems of such communities and takes their issues forwards to the authorities and responsible bodies. He has provided leadership to international projects that dealt with issues as diverse as conservation of biodiversity, traditional knowledge, adaptation to climate change, solar energy and reindeer herding. Currently, he participates in regional coordination initiatives via the Snowchange Cooperative, the UNEP-GEF ECORA project in Lower Kolyma and numerous initiatives dealing with the preservation of indigenous culture, language and traditional knowledge. Last but not least, Chief Shadrin is a historian and a researcher and collaborates with the Institute of Humanities of the Russian Academy of Sciences (from the Paul K. Feyeraband Foundation website).

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Planned Railway to Complete the Bisection of Yamal Peninsula

Bovanenkovo-Sabetta railwaysNews from Yamal – according to a news report, the extension of the Bovanenkovo railway to the newly constructed seaport at Sabetta has been given official approval. The railway is already the most northerly railway in the world and this will extend it further northwards be several hundred kilometres, bringing the railway to the east coast of the Yamal Peninsula for the first time. The peninsula is the largest single area of reindeer husbandry in the world where primarily Nenets herders undertake long seasonal migrations with their reindeer. This railway will bisect migration routes and result in a sizeable footprint in the construction and operation zone.

On November 25, 2015, Legislative Assembly of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District approved the Law on participation in the strategic project “Construction and Operation of the New Non-Common Use Railway Line Bovanenkovo-Sabetta”. The railway is to be built and operated under the principles of private-public partnership with the conclusion of an agreement with the District’s Government.

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The new line will be a continuation of the Obskaya-Bovanenkovo line in compliance with the strategy for social and economic development of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District through 2020. It is particularly focused on ensuring the construction of railway infrastructure at Sabetta seaport and transportation of cargoes by the Northern Sea Route. Source.

You can see imagery of the railway on the Gazprom website.

 

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New Information Source for Nenets Autonomous Okrug Reindeer Herding

November 24, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

NAO Reindeer Husbandry website

The Union of Reindeer Herders of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug has launched an impressive website that is part of a larger strategy to develop, document and improve the lives of reindeer herders in the region.

Currently the Union, based in the regional capital Naryan-Mar (and is a member of the Association of World Reindeer Herders) comprises of 6 family, indigenous communities and 8 agricultural production cooperatives. The website is in Russian, and features news, video, photography. There are plans to expand this information portal into a commercial venture where herders products can be sold and later, there are plans to develop an archive and library.

You can visit the website here. Below is a very nice short video of reindeer herding in the region made by the Union.

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EALLU Seminar in Cherski Arctic College, Sakha Republic

November 10, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ProjectsLeave a comment

Cherski arrivalCherski is a small village of under three thousand people, on the Kolyma river, close to the Arctic Ocean and is the administrative center of the Nizhnekolymsky District in the Sakha Republic, Russia, nearly 2000 kilometers east  of Yakutsk or a four hour flight (like many remote villages in Sakha, it is not connected to the road system).

The EALLU team of ICR and WRH are there this week holding seminars and meetings with the Arctic College in the town, and also with local and regional administrators to talk about the challenges facing reindeer husbandry and the EALLU goal of highlighting the knowledge and value of traditional foods. The team (Inger Anita Smuk, Elna Sara, Mikkel Anders Kemi, Ravna Maret Buljo, Svetlana Avelova, Alena Gerasimova and Svein Mathiesen) will also travel to the tundra to meet with herders. They will need warm clothes! Current temperatures for Cherski are below -20C  and falling. See photos from the early part of the visit and seminar below. See photos by Alexei Kurilov, a local journalist who was following the EALLU team here.

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ICR & WRH Anniversary Seminar Held in Yakutsk

November 9, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

ICR Anniversary 2015 YakutskAt the close of the Northern Forum Assembly, the staff of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) and the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) held an anniversary celebration – 10 years since the establishment of ICR and 25 years for WRH in Yakutsk. The celebration included a seminar with talks by WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev (now officially appointed as Chair of the Northern Forum), Inger Anita Smuk, Anders Oskal, Andrey Krivoshapkin, Elena Golomareva, Konstantin Robbek and Svein Mathiesen. The seminar was well attended with 50-60 local participants (see the programme below). This followed the holding of a board meeting of ICR. Part of the ICR and WRH team have since travelled to the small of Cherskiy, a small village which is the administrative centre of the Nizhnekolymsky District in the Sakha Republic, Russia, located on the Kolyma River 1,920 kilometers (1,190 mi) east of Yakutsk, the capital of the republic. While there, there will be meetings with the Arctic College, a field trip to the tundra to meet with reindeer herders and a week long focus on traditional food in relation to the EALLU project.

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Northern Forum – Snapshots

November 7, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

IMG_1483The Northern Forum Assembly finished today, November 6th. Below are some photos from the gathering featuring WRH and ICR personnel, a meeting with the President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) with ICR, a TV Sakha appearance by ICR and WRH and more.

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Life in the North: It’s About the Food

November 5, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

image_8The Northern Forum Assembly continues and today in Yakutsk, and as an integral part of the Assembly, there was a feast of traditional Arctic food at Muus Khaya restaurant prepared by Sakha, Even, Evenki and Sami – to feed hungry people of course, but importantly to demonstrate the extraordinary knowledge and skill that is embedded in small communities when it comes to the preparation of traditional foods. The Arctic Council SDWG EALLU project has this very goal in mind and was a part of the preparations and execution. The Assembly continues tomorrow and will be followed at the weekend by the board meeting of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. See some photos of the feast below.

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Northern Forum Assembly: Traditional Livelihoods & Food Culture Represented

November 4, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, Nomadic Herders, ProjectsLeave a comment

The Northern Forum General Assembly started today in the city of Yakutsk. The multi day assembly will culminate on Friday with the election of a new Chair. The current acting Chair is Mikhail Pogodaev, who is the Executive Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders. Pogodaev has ensured that traditional livelihoods such as reindeer herding are to the fore in this Assembly. Asked why he thought the Northern Forum was an important and useful agency for northerners in general and herders in particular, Pogodaev said,

The Northern Forum is an organization that works with Governors of the Arctic regions and local authorities. It is important to work with local authorities because it is  they who control reindeer husbandry locally. The Association of World Reindeer Herders is an organization that has very good relations with local authorities and this is important as we address the main issues that impact herding through them.
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Northern Forum Assembly Gets Underway. Focus on Traditional Food Included

November 3, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, ProjectsLeave a comment

Northern_Forum logoTomorrow, the 12th General Assembly of the Northern Forum gets underway in Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutsk). The Northern Forum is a non-profit, international organization composed of sub-national or regional governments from eight northern countries and was established in 1991. The goal of the Northern Forum is to give northern regional leaders a means to       share knowledge and experience in addressing common challenges and to support sustainable development and the implementation of  cooperative socio-economic initiatives among Northern regions and through international fora.

The Assembly will focus on the following broad themes:

1. Role of the Northern Subnationals in the changing World – new opportunities and challenges

2. Positive life strategies for Northern populations

3. Forms and Mechanisms of Business cooperation within the Northern Forum

4. Regional strategies for Climate Change Adaptation

5. Infrastructure in the North

6. Enhancing traditional livelihoods, preservation of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge on food culture

The focus on food will see a significant contribution by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR), the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH), the Nomadic Herders project and the EALLU project. In addition, there will be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of WRH and the 10th anniversary of the establishment of ICR. See the full programme below. 

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Herders in Alaska Turn to Crowdfunding to Build Mobile Slaughter House

October 26, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Mobile Slaughter UnitThe Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch in Nome, Alaska has taken the unusual step of turning  to crowdfunding to raise the estimated $200,000 needed to purchase 2 winter insulated mobile slaughtering unit, in order that they could slaughter and process reindeer meat year round and obtain a USDA licence which would give them the possibility to broaden the scope of their sales. Currently they are only permitted to slaughter on frozen ground and sell to other processors and local people.

According to an article on the KNOM Radio Mission (listen / read here on their site), there are no USDA approved reindeer meat processors in the region. The ranch is hopeful that there is a pent up demand for locally available, fresh, quality meat. You can read about the ranch and their crowdfunding campaign ‘Mobile Slaughter Unit & Process Unit’ here on Indiegogo (so far, they have raised $250..there is some way to go..).

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UArctic Scholarships Granted to Dukha Youth, Mongolia

October 20, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Ola Elvastuen with Dukha youthLast month, during the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, a number of Norwegian parliamentarians met with Dukha / Tsataan youth with whom WRH and ICR partners through the Nomadic Herders project in a session organized by ICR. (see story and photo essay here).

In tandem with this session, 12 reindeer husbandry youth were granted UArctic Scholarships through the UArctic EALAT Institute. The scholarships were granted to work with Traditional Knowledge in their own culture related to protected areas,  reindeer husbandry and conservation of biodiversity in times of climate change. The scholarships were delivered by Ola Elvestuen, a representative of the Venstre party in the Norwegian Storting.

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Arctic Circle 2015 Wraps Up & Grows Ever Larger

October 19, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

arctic-circle-conference-2015-logoIn a few short years the Arctic Circle assembly, held annually in Iceland’s capital has grown to become the largest Arctic related gathering, and is now attended by more than 1500 participants from close to 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland and has just wrapped up. In addition, the Arctic Circle organizes smaller forums on specific subjects, such as the 2015 forums in Alaska and Singapore, and the 2016 forums in Québec and Greenland. This year was no exception and even featured a keynote by President Hollande of France who noted the critical importance of action on climate change in advance of COP 21 in Paris, next month. Watch videos of the keynote presentations here and see photos here.

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Norway’s State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tore Hattrem was in attendance and  said Norway has stepped up its climate diplomacy over the last year and noted “Climate change affects everything. It can change food production globally, and in the end also affect security policy”

ICR Director Anders Oskal is on the Advisory Board of the Assembly and spoke at two sessions – one on Arctic Research and the other on Business and Cultural Development in the North where he was joined by Mikhail Pogodaev, who is currently the acting chair of the Northern Forum. In total ICR delivered 7 speeches and hosted 2 outbreak sessions in cooperation with the Northern Forum, IASSA, IASC, UArctic and business leaders.

The ICR/ WRH team are travelling onwards to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials meeting, the first under the US chairmanship which gets underway in Anchorage tomorrow.

 

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Zhigansk Reindeer Herders visited Sapmi

September 30, 2015 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Reindeer Herders, RIEVDANLeave a comment

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Zhigansk Reindeer herders from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) visited Scandinavia in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Association of World Reindeer Herders

From the history

Exactly 25 years ago, in the autumn of 1990, a group of scientists and reindeer herders from Norway traveled to Russia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), to meet with reindeer herders. From that time began the active cooperation between reindeer herders from Russia and Scandinavia. The Association of World Reindeer Herders originates from the same time. In addition, on the recommendation of the Arctic Council in 2005, in Kautokeino was founded the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, which has been working fruitfully already for 10 years.

Today the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry created a wide network of international cooperation between reindeer herding peoples from all over the world.

Our days

In celebration of significant dates, a group of herders from Zhigansky district traveled to Scandinavia.

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Dukha Youth Seminar in Mongolia – Photo Gallery

September 29, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, Nomadic Herders, ProjectsLeave a comment

Dukha Youth Food seminarLast week Anders Oskal was in Mongolia to meet with Norwegian parliamentarians at the OSCE and to meet with Dukha youth with whom WRH and ICR partners through the Nomadic Herders project, and a workshop was held in tandem with a practical demonstration on the land related to traditional Dukha food – the making of bread in particular. Launch the photo essay below. The programme for the seminar is also below. Mongolia is home to the most southerly reindeer herding in the world and this entire Taiga region is experiencing rapid development and it is no exaggeration to say that this is some of the most threatened areas of traditional reindeer husbandry in the world.

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