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Reindeer Herders from Norway at the Reindeer Herders Day in Iengra, Yakutia

March 13, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

A number of events took place as part of the celebration of the traditional Reindeer Herder’s Day in Iengra (Neryungri district, Yakutia) with participation of local residents, and also members of the International Reindeer Herding Center and Association of World Reindeer Herders.
The delegation was represented by prof. Svein Mathisen, leader of the UArctic Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry, Mikhail Pogodaev, chair of the Board of the Association of World Reindeer Herders, Inger Anita Smuk and Mikkel Anders Kemi of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and Sámi reindeer herders from Norway, students and reindeer herding youth of the Institute of the Peoples of the North of the Herzen University – Marta Okotetto and Anna Chuprina, and also project managers of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry Svetlana Avelova and Alena Gerasimova, who arrived in Neryungri district to get to know the culture and lifestyle of the Evenki reindeer herders of South Yakutia and also identify areas for further cooperation.

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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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