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RIEVDAN – Knowledge: the Heart of Herding

Work Package 3

Work package 3 (WP3): Traditional knowledge of food culture – navigation towards future sustainability – two ways of knowing? (WP leader: Prof. Svein Mathiesen. Participants:  Dir. Anders Oskal, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and Prof. Ludmila B. Gashilova, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia). PhD Students: Rávdná Biret Márjá Eira, Kia Krarup Hansen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway).

Traditional knowledge in Sámi reindeer herding related to reindeer welfare, handling of animals and Sámi food culture is rich. With the multifactorial rapid changes reindeer herding face today there is a risk that this knowledge accumulated in Sámi pastoralism during generations might be lost. At the same time, industry structure and governance networks for reindeer herding products in Norway seems not to be in line with the needs for local value added for reindeer herders facing Arctic change (Reinert, 2006; Reinert et al, 2009). We propose that knowledge about reindeer herders’food culture is essential to the future ability to adapt to these changes and maintain cultural and economic sustainability. Objective of this project: To sustain Sámi reindeer husbandry by increasing the value of traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge about reindeer herders’ food culture. Reindeer herders’ traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge about slaughtering, processing of meat, conservation of meat will be investigated to find out if there two sphere of knowledge affect reindeer herders ability to adapt to rapid change?