Tracie Curry

New Photo Gallery from Reindeer Herders’ Congress

September 16, 2013 • Philip Burgess

5th WRHC by Tracie CuryIn July of this year, reindeer herders’ from around the northern hemisphere gathered in Alougoya and Genhe in Inner Mongolia, China. Tracie Curry, a recent graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture program went to the Congress and has kindly agreed to share her pictures with the Reindeer Portal. Ms Curry is is currently investigating reindeer husbandry and adaptive strategies for nomadic peoples threatened by climate change and industrial development in the Barents Region and she has been working closely with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.

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Herding on Thin Ice: Unique Thesis on Challenges Facing Reindeer Husbandry in Finnmark Published

June 21, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Tracie Curry Thesis ScreenshotTracie Curry recently defended her Masters thesis in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, entitled Herding on Thin Ice – An Excercise in Resilience and Adaptive Strategy. Interested in learning more about the drivers of change and development in the Arctic, and the impacts that these developments were having not only on the landscape but also the people who depend on these landscapes for survival, Curry was drawn to Finnmark and  reindeer herding. For her topic, Curry looked closely at the case of Hammerfest, located on Kvaløya Island in the Finnmark region of northern Norway where families of herders are currently struggling to maintain their traditions in the face of multiple development threats. In her words,

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