World Reindeer Herders reports on the Arctic Council EALLU project

March 20, 2018 • Reindeer Centre

This week the Association of World Reindeer Herders is vising Levi in Finland, where the Arctic Council SDWG and SAO meeting are held. WRH General Secretary Anders Oskal has presented the report on the work of the EALLU project for the last months.During this period more than ten educational seminars were organized, dedicated to food culture, traditional knowldege, reindeer herding youth etc. WRH had a succesful 6th Congress of World reindeer herder in Sweden; publications on traditional knowldge and food culture were published and several are about to be. WRH delegation will stay in Finland for few more days before going to hold its Council meeting, which will be in Salekhard at the end of this week.


EALLU book about the Arctic indigenous food culture is nominated for the Gourmand Awards

March 19, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

EALLU is a book about food culture of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, which is nominated for major food culture event in the world – the Gourmand Awards. The book describes the food culture, recipes and traditional knowledge about nutrition of the 13 indigenous peoples of the Arctic (Nenets, Saami, Chukchi, Koryak, Dolgan, Evenki, Even, Yukagir, Dukha, Inuit, Aleut, Gwichin, Athabaskan). More than 50 authors have contributed with their knowledge to the book; most of authors are young representatives of indigenous peoples of the Arctic, which is the first of its kind to present an overview of the food cultures belonging to the Arctic indigenous peoples.

The publication of the EALLU cook book was an intermediate result of a project implemented by the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry: “EALLU: indigenous youth, Arctic change and food culture”. The book was launched at the Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, which was in Fairbanks (Alaska) in May 2017.

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November 23 – International EALLU-Rievdan seminar in Saint Petersburg

November 16, 2017 • Svetlana Avelova

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

Mikhail Pogodaev from WRH attends Arctic Council SDWG meeting in Finland

September 23, 2017 • Alena Gerasimova

Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council had just finished it regular meeting in Inari, Finland (Sept.21-22,2017 www.sdwg.org ). And reelected chair of the Board of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev has attended the meeting, where he has updated the SDWG members about the status of the EALLU:Arctic Indigenous Youth, Arctic Change and Food Culture project and received many positive feedbacks on the presentation. 



WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev at the Arctic Council SDWG meeting in Finland


Moscow is Hungry for Reindeer Meat

May 2, 2017 • Alena Gerasimova

Guests and participants of the exhibition Treature of the North

Last weekend dozens of visitors in the Sokolniki Park have consumed delicious snakcs and soups made from reindeer meat and other delicacies of indigenous peoples of the North. The food expo was organized in the framework of the Arctic Council EALLU project about reindeer herding food culture. The main report on the project – the EALLU cookbook was exposed for the first time during the seminar on Traditional Knowledge and Innovations in Indigenous Food Systems and their Role for Developing Private Business. International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry has organized both events in cooperation with RAIPON, Indigenous Peoples Institute of Herzen University and Fjellvilt from Norway.

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New Cookbook about Evenki Food Culture is About to be Released

October 20, 2016 • Alena Gerasimova

Nadezhda Gerasimova – the author of the cookbook

Iengra is an Evenki village at the south of Sakha Republic Yakutia. The name of the village in Evenki language means “branchy antlers”(the same name of the river that the village is situated by and the shape of the Iengra river reminds reindeer antlers). Iengra is mostly inhabited by Evenki people, the representatives from the ancient Evenki clans – Nyurmagan, Buta, Bellet, Longorki, Keptuke and others. Traditional livelihood of Evenki people in Iengra is reindeer herding, hunting and fishing.

Nadezhda Gerasimova is Evenki from reindeer herding family in Iengra, she is an author of the culinary book about traditional food culture of Evenki people. According to the author, the main purpose of the book is to preserve Evenki traditional knowledge on food, history and culture of Evenki people from Southern Yakutia.  

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WRH and ICR attended SDWG and SAO meetings in Alaska

March 26, 2016 • Svetlana Avelova

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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Discussing Reindeer Husbandry During First Indigenous Youth Forum in Yakutia

March 25, 2016 • Alena Gerasimova

suglanToday the Suglan Indigenous Youth Forum wrapped up in Yakutsk (Sakha Republic, Russia). Indigenous youth of Yakutia decided to name their first indigenous forum Suglan, which means “gathering” in one of the five indigenous languages of Yakutia – in Evenki language. The Suglan started its work on Wednesday, March 23, and was organized by the Yakutian State Committee of Peoples Affairs, Indigenous Youth Council of the North and the Far East of Russia and by the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Yakutia. The Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) and International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) also participated in organizing and moderating one of the Suglan session which concerned reindeer husbandry and reindeer herding youth.

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Students from reindeer husbandry school in Kautokeino visit ICR office

February 2, 2016 • Alena Gerasimova

young reindeer herdersToday International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry had a meeting with students from Sámi Upper Secondary and Reindeer Husbandry School in Kautokeino and their teachers – Karen Inga Kemi, Torbjørn Larsen and Samuel Gaup.

ICR director Anders Oskal gave a lecture about world reindeer herding, the work of ICR and Association of World Reindeer Herders, he also made presentations about different projects where ICR and WRH were involved.

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Zhigansk Reindeer Herders visited Sapmi

September 30, 2015 • Svetlana Avelova


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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Nomadic Herders project met Evenki reindeer herders in Khatystyr, Sakha (Yakutia), Eastern Siberia

August 28, 2015 • Svein Mathiesen

Recently GEF UNEP Nomadic Herders project: Enhancing the resilience of reindeer herders’

ecosystems and livelihoods met with Evenki reindeer herders in one of the Taiga model area in

the project to prepare these indigenous peoples for implementation (pictures below).  Nomadic

Herders is also endorsed by Arctic Council in CAFF and will  soon provide a international

bachelor course in méthodes used to document traditional  knowledge related to biodiversity

issues. The course is financially supported by Ministry of Climate and Environment in

Norway. The taiga region globally is challenged by climate and biodiversity change which affect

indigenous peoples society.

Brigade 7 Khatysyr

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