Reindeer Herders Day

Celebrations of the Reindeer Herders’ Day in Iengra, Yakutia

February 12, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

Reindeer races in Iengra. Photo: Kokovin Y.

Association of World Reindeer Herders together with herders from Scandinavia and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District will participate i events dedicated to the traditional festival “Reindeer Herders Day” in the village of Iengra, Neryungri district of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Russia. This year the festival is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first Honorary Citizen Neryungri, Evenki, Semyon Lekhanov and the Year of Healthy Lifestyle in Neryungri district. The festival will include several events, thus starting from February 27 till March 3 Iengra will host exhibition of local Evenki handicraft, photo exhibition with title “Im Evenki and this is my Reindeer”, exhibiion of toys etc. On February 27 guests will have an opportunity to see a play for reindeer herders “Sigikta the Great Handywoman”. 

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Annual Reindeer Herder’s Day in Iengra (Yakutia)

March 6, 2017 • Alena Gerasimova

Traditional reindeer herding holiday, which is called Uktyvun in Evenki,  started on the 1st of March in the village of Iengra, Neryunrinsky District of Yakutia. Indigenous representatives from all the reindeer herding family communities, who spend most of the year with their herds in the taiga, came to the village to celebrate. 

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Reindeer Herders’ Day in Iengra, As Seen From a Drone..

March 5, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Reindeer Herders Day Drone ViewDrones are appearing all over the place these days, it is probably only a matter of time before the larger ones become more stringently regulated. In the meantime, here is a nice video made by a drone, of the ‘Reindeer Herders Day’ in Iengra (which took place last week) in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia, Russia. Iengra is nearly 900 km of the regions’ capital Yakutsk. Many Evenki and Eveny herders live in and around the village, and herders from here are part of the Nomadic Herders project.

Reindeer Herders’ days occur all over Russia at this time of year and are a celebration of the profession of reindeer herding and usually there are reindeer races, various competitions, ceremonies and more.

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Association of World Reindeer Herders participated in the celebration of Reindeer Herders Day in Nadym, Russia

March 6, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

reindeer race in nadymFebruary 28 – March 2, 2014. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. It is a very special event for local people, and especially for reindeer herders and their families, and they all are looking forward to celebrate it. This year the Association of World Reindeer Herders participated in 19th Traditional Reindeer Herders Competitions which took place in Yamal-Nenets autonomous okrug in the city of Nadym from February 28 till March 2. To take part in these competitions reindeer herders from all the regions of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous  okrug gathered in Nadym.

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Association of World Reindeer Herders participated in the celebration of Reindeer Herders Day in Nadym, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia

• Alena Gerasimova

reindeer race in nadymFebruary 28 – March 2, 2014. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. It is a very special event for local people, and especially for reindeer herders and their families, and they all are looking forward to celebrate it. This year the Association of World Reindeer Herders participated in 19th Traditional Reindeer Herders Competitions which took place in Yamal-Nenets autonomous okrug in the city of Nadym from February 28 till March 2. To take part in these competitions reindeer herders from all the regions of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous  okrug gathered in Nadym.

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