After meeting with reindeer herding Dukha youth in Ulan Bator (see story and photos here) last week, Professor Svein Mathiesen and young Sami herder Issat Turi travelled to Northern Mongolia to meet with Dukha herders on the land to discuss the ongoing implementation of the Nomadic Herders project and heard from herders and their families at first hand why the future of herding peoples in the taiga is facing such difficulties.
The Nomadic Herder project is wrapping up a week of community consultations in the Tsagaannuur in northern Mongolia and in the taiga with reindeer herders. A photo gallery of the workshop and work in the field has been added to the Nomadic Herders gallery. More about the workshop ands the various activities carried out in the field to follow. View the gallery here.
Evenki reindeer herders in Buryatia came to the rescue of the passengers and pilot of an AN-2 plane that crash landed in the taiga 300 km West of Chita, due to poor weather over the weekend. The herders were contacted by satellite phone and managed to locate the plane which had lost radar contact and loss of life was feared. Thankfully, herders found the plane, there were no injuries to the 8 passengers and herders were able to feed the survivors and provide them with warm clothing until they were airlifted out by helicopter.