Traditional Knowledge

Education Program for Arctic Indigenous Youth on Food Innovation Leadership soon in Bodo, Norway

January 29, 2019 • Alena Gerasimova

This pilot education program is to develop, implement and refine a pilot education course for Arctic indigenous youth on food innovation and business idea planning.

The course pilot will be a 1 week intensive course on 7,5 ECTS credits, held in Bodø March 31-April 5, 2019. We welcome young indigenous students from the pan-Arctic region, including Fennoscandia, Russia, North America and Greenland.

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EALLU cook book presented at the Beijing International Book Fair

August 23, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

The 25th Beijing International Book Fair is being held in Beijing during August 22 to August 26,  with approximately 300,000 visitors and 86 countires to participate. 

Anders Oskal (right) and Édouard Cointreau, founder and president of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Beijing

Best cook book of the year – EALLU is presented here by Anders Oskal, Director Executive of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and Secretary General of the Association of World Reindeer Herders. 

The Beijing International Book Fair is now considered by many as one of the top four International Book Fairs in the World. Learn more here 


EALLU book co-author Anna Chuprina graduates from bachelor program with highest distinctions

June 25, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

Anna Chupina is Dolgan from reindeer herding family in Taymir peninsula, she is also a students at the Institute of the Peoples of the Nororth at the Herzen University in Saint-Petersburg. Anna is an active participnat of the Arctic Council EALLU project  . On June 24th she defended her thesis work on “Traditional Food Culture in the System of Ethnic Identity Formation of Childen”, Anna’s work was highly appreciated by teachers and members of the examination committee. 

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Arctic Indigenous Youth Write Best Cookbook in the World!

May 26, 2018 • Philip Burgess

EALLU wins Gourmand prizeIndigenous reindeer herding youth win ‘Best in the World’ at 23rd Gourmand International Cookbook Award

An international group of young indigenous peoples, with their food book entitled: “EALLU –Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins” has won the overall Gourmand International Cookbook Award.  The winners were announced today at the “Oscars of the cookbook world”  in Yantai, China. In this unique and now acclaimed food book, a team of 50 young indigenous authors presented 14 different Arctic indigenous peoples´ food cultures in one volume, the first of its kind. There were hundreds of entries from entries from across the world, the EALLU food book faced stiff competition (´eallu´means a herd (of reindeer) in the indigenous Sámi language, closely connected to the word ´eallin´ which means life), and was nominated in as many as 4 categories as well as the main prize itself –Best Food Book of the World, across all categoriesThe book was 1 of 16 nominees for the main prize, selected from contributions from 116 National States and was a delivery from the Arctic CouncilSustainable Development Working Group project EALLU.

To receive such an award from the mainstream food publishing industry is a powerful recognition of the richness and depth of a focal point of our cultures, our relationship to food. This is much more than just a book of recipes”, says Chair Mikhail Pogodaev of Association of World Reindeer Herders: “This is about Arctic indigenous peoples´ deep knowledge about food, raw materials, processing and conservation, food security, health and wellbeing – It’s about our food traditions, our traditional nomadic lifestyles, our local economies, our philosophy and our worldviews.

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EALLU Foodbook Nominated as Best in the World

May 21, 2018 • Philip Burgess

Have Indigenous Youth Made the Best Cookbook in the World?


Indigenous reindeer herding youth initiative nominated for 22nd Gourmand International Cookbook Awards 2018


The 22nd Gourmand International Cookbook Awards (the “Oscars of the cookbook world”) is being held May 26-27 in Yantai, China where authors from all over the globe will compete for the prestigious awarding of the World´s best cookbooks.


An international group young indigenous people and others are among the top nominees, with their food book entitled: “EALLU –Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins”. The term ´eallu´ means a herd (of reindeer) in the indigenous Sámi language, closely connected to the word ´eallin´, which means life.


In this unique and acclaimed food book, a team of 50 young indigenous authors present 14 different Arctic indigenous peoples´ food cultures in one volume, the first of its kind. The book has been nominated in as many as 4 categories at the Gourmand Awards: Food Heritage, Sustainable Food, Arctic Food, and the main prize itself – Best Food Book of the World, across all categories. The book is 1 of 16 nominees for the main prize, selected from contributions from 116 countries.


This is much more than just a book of recipes”, says Chair Mikhail Pogodaev of Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH): “This is about Arctic indigenous peoples´ deep knowledge about food, raw materials, processing and conservation, food security, health and wellbeing – Its about our food traditions, our traditional nomadic lifestyles, our local economies, our philosophy and our worldviews.”


Read the full press release belowEALLU Press Release Gourmand Nomination


“I didn’t choose this life, it chose me”

May 9, 2018 • Philip Burgess

A nice article and photo (in German) was published in Berliner Zeitung a few months ago which we are reposting here, with their permission. Journalist Bernd Hauser visited Kautokeino in the spring and spent time with Issát Turi (pictured with his mother Kirsten Turi) and family in their winter pastures. Turi talked about the challenges facing reindeer herders in Finnmark and how herders can best continue to practice their traditional livelihoods. Turi is also an author in the EALLU food book where he wrote about the traditional ways that Sámi slaughter reindeer in order that the flavours of the reindeer meat are enhanced. The article closes with a quote from Turi that encapsulates the essence of the livelihood: “Nicht ich habe dieses Leben gewählt. Es hatmich gewählt!” (I didn’t choose this life, it chose me)

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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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I am a Young Reindeer Herder

September 24, 2017 • Alena Gerasimova

The “Young Reindeer Herder” movement was initiated in 2015 in the Evenki village called Iengra, in Republic of Yakutia, Russia. The movement, which has an Evenki name – bi ilmakta ete’yechimni, encourages children to continue reindeer husbandry and also promotes delivering traditional knowledge from elders to youth.  One of the brightest achievements of the children’s movement is organizing  traditional children’s reindeer race, the number of participants of this competition is growing every year. The movement also attracts reindeer herding youth who study at the indigenous boarding school “Arctic” which is situated in Neryungri, Russia.

 22 – 23 of September the “Arctic” school has been celebrating the annual Bakaldin Festival (in Evenki language Bakaldin means meeting) and this year’s celebration was to honor reindeer.

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EALLU book now available online

May 30, 2017 • Philip Burgess

The Arctic Council SDWG EALLU book entitled “EALLU; Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins” which was launched at the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks, Alaska is now available to download on the Arctic Council document archive.

Over millennia, Arctic Indigenous People’ culinary traditions and food culture have nourished peoples, enriched communities, bound generations and embodied the very essence of ‘sustainability’. Indigenous food production and processing systems ensured that by connecting to the deep cycles of the seasons, sun and moon, and their specific ecological niches, and their rich knowledge, herders, hunters, fishers and gatherers could sustain human and animal life over thousands of years. This is not ‘Traditional Knowledge’ constructed in the form of a declaration or political statement. This is ancient knowledge enacted in the everyday.
This is a book about the fabulous abundance and diversity of food in the Arctic. While many think of the Arctic as a place of harsh climate and scarcity, in fact the Arctic hosts an extraordinary food culture, built on 10,000 years of knowledge, and intergenerational knowledge transfer.
Download the book here.

EALLU Arctic Council Book Launch Countdown

May 9, 2017 • Philip Burgess

Final preparations for the official launch of the SDWG Arctic Council EALLU project primary deliverable are underway in Fairbanks, Alaska. The ICR/WRH/EALLU team from Norway and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) are gathered in Fairbanks for the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting which takes place tomorrow May 10 -11th. See the growing gallery here.

The launch will take place at a side event to the Ministerial (see full programme here or below. The launch will feature reindeer meat tasting (2 Alaskan reindeer have been slaughtered for the event) with meat prepared by Sámi chef Nils Bendik Dunfjeld. This will be followed by a panel discussion with the following:

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EALLU Book Launch at Arctic Council Ministerial Event

May 2, 2017 • Philip Burgess

The EALLU project primary delivery is a substantial ‘cookbook’ over over 160 pages of text and striking photography that gives a brand overview of 10 indigenous peoples food culture through the prism of specific dishes – some 30 recipes in all.

Traditional food and its preparation, conservation and consumption goes to  the very heart of indigenous peoples in the Arctic and their relationships with their community, land and animals. Many of the dishes are from reindeer and caribou, but there are other examples also of foods from marine mammals, plants on land and in sea and more. 

The book will be launched at an event being held during the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks Alaska. The launch will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by the UAF Reindeer Research Program, in partnership with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Topics will revolve around food, knowledge, youth and how best to utilise food and traditional knowledge for community empowerment.

Perhaps best of all? Reindeer meat will be served!!

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EALLU-RIEVDAN Seminar: Knowledge & Indigenous Food Systems

January 31, 2017 • Philip Burgess

A major seminar with youth from across the circumpolar North (Russia, Canada, US, Finland, Norway and Sweden) is getting underway in Kautokeino tomorrow February 1-3 at the Sami University of Applied Sciences. Organized under the auspices of the EALLU and RIEVDAN projects that both focus on traditional knowledge with an emphasis (especially EALLU) on traditional food cultures and systems of indigenous peoples in the Arctic. Much is reindeer related, of course, but other Arctic traditional foods will also be featured. Seminar results and products will also feed into the EALLU final delivery (an Arctic ‘cookbook’) to the Arctic Council at the Ministerial, to be held in Alaska, in May of this year. 


The seminar will feature talks, group work and slaughtering of reindeer. Photos to follow, draft programme below.

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Seminar on Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity in Kautokeino

January 30, 2017 • Philip Burgess

A seminar  on the use of traditional knowledge as a means and tool to preserve biodiversity is being held in Kautokeino, Norway tomorrow, Tuesday, 31 February.

The seminar is being held in advance of the CAFF biennial meeting which is also being held in Kautokeino this week. Multiple speakers from different institutions and researchers will be speaking including the Saami Council (Aile Javo), the Sami Parliament in Norway (President Vibeke Larsen), the Herzen Institute in St Petersburg, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The meeting will be held in the Sami University of Applied Sciences. See the (draft) programme below.

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Major EALLU Seminar in Yakutsk this Weekend

November 24, 2016 • Philip Burgess

1_primary_logo_256A significant EALLU seminar takes place this weekend in the city of Yakutsk, the capital of the Republic of Sakha. The seminar is being organized by the ICR, WRH and a number of other organizers both local and international.

The seminar is entitled: ‘A FUTURE VISION FOR THE REINDEER MEAT INDUSTRY, The Role of New Technologies and Traditional Knowledge‘. Welcomes will be given by the Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, the Minister for Education and the Minister for Federal Relations and External Affairs of the Sakha Republic, the Rector of the University of Tromsø, the President of the University of the Arctic and the Director of the Northern Forum.

The seminar will take place all day Saturday, November 26th and will be followed by a field excursions and further workshops and discussions on indigenous food systems and the EALLU Arctic Cookbook, a delivery the Arctic Council.

See the full programme below, 

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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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RIEVDAN Workshop on Traditional Foods and Knowledge, St Petersburg

September 6, 2016 • Philip Burgess

On September 12, 2016 in the Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI) in St Petersburg, Russia, the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the UArctic EALAT Institute is organizing a seminar on indigenous peoples’ traditional food, traditional food culture and traditional knowledge. The seminar is being organized under the umbrella of the RIEVDAN project and is entitled ‘Traditional Knowledge and Food Culture – Towards Developing Research and Transforming Indigenous Economies in the Circumpolar North‘. Speakers include Mikhail Pogodaev (Northern Forum), Lyudmila Gashiliva of the IPI, Anders Oskal of ICR, Line Kalak of the Sami University of Applied Sciences and Svein Mathiesen of EALAT Institute and the UiT, the Arctic University of Norway.

See the full programme below

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Nenets Student Learns Sami, Completes Groundbreaking Work on Sami / Nenets Slaughter terminologies

July 1, 2016 • Philip Burgess

nechei serotettoNechei A. Serotetto, a young Nenets student who took the remarkable step of travelling to Kautokeino in the heart of the Sami reindeer herding area, living there for a year, learning Sami language and applying her acquired knowledge on Nenets and Sami reindeer herding slaughtering techniques and terminology has received top marks for her completed final year paper.  Serotetto’s work was for her final paper in teacher education at the Institute of the North, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. This is a valuable contribution as Nenets slaughtering terminology is highly specific and sometimes ‘secret’ her work is a valuable addition to the broader knowledge and awareness of traditional knowledge of herding peoples. It is worth noting that no-one has ever studied the traditional Nenets way of slaughtering reindeer, making her work groundbreaking, particularly when compared to the more studied Sami practices of slaughter, which she studied and participated in, during her stay in Kautokeino.

Serotetto grew up in a nomadic reindeer herding family in the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the largest single area of reindeer herding in the world where she was immersed in the nomadic herding life of her family and to where she is returning.

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New Phd: State Management & Traditional Knowledge in Reindeer Husbandry Management

May 19, 2016 • Philip Burgess

Ellen Inga TuriSámi scholar Ellen Inga Turi is defending her Phd on Friday, May 20 in Umeå, Sweden. Her work is groundbreaking and touches on the field of management, reindeer husbandry and traditional ecological knowledge.

The PhD is entitled “State Steering and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Reindeer Herding Governance: Cases from western Finnmark, Norway and Yamal, Russia”. Her Faculty Opponent is Professor Dietrich Soyez from the Department of Geography at University of Cologne, Germany. The thesis is part of the research project IPY EALÁT which has been coordinated by the Sami University of Applied Sciences and UArctic Ealát Institute within the International Reindeer Centre Husbandry in Kautokeino / Guovdageaidnu.

The area of investigation were in the Sami reindeer grazing area of West Finnmark in Norway and the Nenets reindeer grazing area in Yamal, Western Siberia, which are the largest reindeer herding areas in the world, both in terms of number of people and reindeer. In these areas there are certain similarities, but also major differences in terms such as political organization and management systems.

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Herders from across Eurasia celebrate National Norway Day in Moscow

May 16, 2016 • Philip Burgess

EALLU in Moscow 2016Indigenous herders, herding organizations and business operators from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Kola Peninsula and Finnmark in Norway have gathered in Moscow to participate in a seminar entitled “A Future Vision for the Reindeer Meat Industry: The role of new technologies and traditional knowledge”

The event is presented by the Arctic Council SDWG project EALLU: FOOD and INDIGENOUS YOUTH, Nosegcher (EALLU Sakha), RIEVDAN: Two Ways of Knowing and the Arctic Indigenous Peoples Culinary Institute and organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in collaboration with the Embassy of Norway in Moscow.

The event will be held on Monday, May 16th, in the grounds of the Norwegian Embassy which is in the Arbat district of Moscow, and where a lavvu has been erected.

Of course, the event precedes and is in tandem with the National Day of Norway, syttende mai (lit. “seventeenth May”). On the 17th May, up to 200 guests have been invited to celebrate Norway’s national day and the EALLU group will make reindeer meat from three reindeer from the Kola Peninsula, cloudberries from the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug, smoked reindeer meat from Taymyr and fish from Yakutsk, in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Photos and more to follow. 

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Young herders met again at the Parliament of Sakha Republic

April 28, 2016 • Alena Gerasimova

13095825_1310345465661282_8731540934478839728_nToday at the Parliament of Sakha Republic were held a press-conference with young reindeer herders – students of the UArctic EALAT Institute about their trip to Norway for 8j-100 education course on biodiversity and food culture traditional knowledge. Students just came back to their homelands, and they already were asked to have a press-conference with Yakutian mass-media. They shared their experience and still have a lot of impressions from the last two weeks in Norway.


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Biological Diversity from Indigenous Perspective Course Starts Today

April 12, 2016 • Philip Burgess

Biological Diversity CourseA unique course got underway in Kautokeino, Norway today, with well over 30 young students with many young reindeer herding peoples represented (Nenets, Eveny, Evenki, Sami, Chukchi, Dukha and Dolgan). The students are enrolled as Bachelor students at the Sami University of Applied Sciences in Kautokeino in a course entitled ‘Biological diversity in a circumpolar indigenous perspective’.

The bringing together of this diverse group of young reindeer herders has been made possible through the coordination  of UNEP, GEF, the Arctic Council through the rubric of the Nomadic Herders project as organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in cooperation with University of the Arctic with financial support from the Norwegian Government, Ministry of Climate and Environment. With a strong focus on traditional food preparation, techniques and food as a key tool for the conservation of biological diversity and knowledge, the goal is to enhance the resilience of reindeer herders’ ecosystems and livelihoods, with an emphasis on the future generations of herders that will have to navigate the complexities of maintaining a traditional livelihood in a rapidly changing Arctic.

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March 5, 2016 • Alena Gerasimova

reindeerBiological Diversity in a Circumpolar Indigenous Perspective

Starting April 11th, 2016 in Kautokeino, Norway, this is a course organized by the Sámi University College and the UArctic EALÁT Institute in cooperation with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. The course includes a two-week session in Kautokeino, and independent project-work to document traditional knowledge.


Who Should Apply & Why?

The course is aimed at training young reindeer herders and indigenous youth in documenting traditional knowledge related to biodiversity change. This is an introductory-level course to indigenous peoples traditional knowledge and its use for the conservation of biological diversity. The focus is on building a bridge between analytical and empirical approaches to traditional knowledge. The course will, on the one hand, provide an introduction to academic debates on how traditional knowledge contributes to sustaining indigenous peoples societies and the role of traditional knowledge in the conservation of biological diversity. On the other hand it will provide students with practical experience in using methods to document traditional knowledge on biological diversity in a systematic and ethical manner.

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Life in the North: It’s About the Food

November 5, 2015 • Philip Burgess

image_8The Northern Forum Assembly continues and today in Yakutsk, and as an integral part of the Assembly, there was a feast of traditional Arctic food at Muus Khaya restaurant prepared by Sakha, Even, Evenki and Sami – to feed hungry people of course, but importantly to demonstrate the extraordinary knowledge and skill that is embedded in small communities when it comes to the preparation of traditional foods. The Arctic Council SDWG EALLU project has this very goal in mind and was a part of the preparations and execution. The Assembly continues tomorrow and will be followed at the weekend by the board meeting of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. See some photos of the feast below.

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Real Food, Real Fat. Photos from Forskningsdagene Kautokeino

September 23, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Reindeer meat being smoked in a lavvuEvery year, the Research Council of Norway brings research into the community over several days in an event called Forskningsdagene, where researchers are invited to share their research with the general public. Events are held nationwide and this year the theme is food. From their website, they note that food is not just food, but food is politics, culture and religion.

As part of these Forskningsdagene events, the Sami University College through the Árbediehtu – Tradisjonell kunnskap project and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry  held a practical demonstration earlier this week of smoking reindeer meat and making traditional sausage. The event was held outside the college in a lavvu and was well attended by herders, duck hunters and youth and scientists. See the programme here. See photos below.

While the practical demonstrations were going on, inside the collage there was a book exhibition of books in Sami and Norwegian that were related to food culture and food production which was organized by the Sámi lohkanguovddáš – who also have created a unique list of Sami traditional food related titles in available in many languages (you can download it here or see below).

In addition, an Evenki delegation was in Kautokeino for the Forskningsdagene events and they demonstrated their food culture and held meetings with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Watch a short video about the event, featuring ICR employee Alena Gerasimova here.

Some media coverage here:

Avvir: Sieđga lea suovastuhttimii buoremus

NRK: Dutkanbeaivvit allaskuvllas: Manne boazoálbmogat eai bora njuovččageaži?

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20000 Attend Nordlige-Norden, Photo Gallery

June 6, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Nordlige - NordenAs many as 20000 people attended the Nordlige Norden Arctic food festival in Copenhagen last weekend and many of them ate reindeer meat prepared by ICR and friends. The event was  a huge success and the Sami lavvu, erected in the shadow of Hans Egede church in downtown Copenhagen was a busy place, most particularly on Saturday.

Other events held during the ‘foodie’ event (there was food from around the Arctic) included an EALLU Arctic Lavvu Dialogue (Tradisjonskunnskap grunnlaget for samisk matkultur i et nordisk perspektiv) which brought together young Sami herders, food experts and knowledge holders to discuss traditional knowledge and food culture from a Sami and Nordic perspective (Download programme here).

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Knowledge Co-Production between NASA and Reindeer Herders across the Arctic

May 23, 2015 • Philip Burgess

ANancy Maynard, Mikhail Pogodaev few years ago, UNU (United Nations University) filmed a short interview with the Executive Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev and Nancy Maynard of NASA, after they presented a joint paper entitled “Sami Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and NASA Remote Sensing Technologies Working Together for Adaptation Strategies” at an international workshop on Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge convened in Mexico City, Mexico. You can now watch the interview online (see below) and you can download the presentation here.

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New Article: Barriers to Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Policy, Focus on Reindeer Herding in Finnmark

October 22, 2014 • Philip Burgess

Polar GeographyA timely contribution has been made to the debate about how governance and traditional knowledge intersect and the barriers that exist when trying to incorporate traditional knowledge into local and regional governance policies with a special focus on reindeer husbandry in Finnmark, Norway. This paper by Ellen Inga Turi and Carina Keskitalo paper highlights barriers to knowledge integration induced by the design of supportive policy instruments of information and institution building, where traditional knowledge is de-prioritized in relation to scientific knowledge.

The paper has been published in the most recent edition of Polar Geography

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Voice of a young reindeer herder about nomadic family

June 2, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova
Igor is hunting in taiga. Photo by Yuri Kokovin

Facing the second reading of the draft law “On Nomadic Family” in June 2014 in Yakutsk, we decided to publish a short article where young reindeer herder from Iengra village (south of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia) expresses his concern about reindeer herding families and the future of traditional knowledge:

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ICR gives an exhibition about Women in Reindeer Husbandry

April 9, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

women in reindeer husbandry exhibitionInternational Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, being one of the organizers of the international workshop about global changes and traditional knowledge, which took place in Kautokeino at the end of March, has also given a small exhibition about women in reindeer husbandry. Anders Oscal, the director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, gathered participants of the workshop at the hall of the Sami University College and presented pictures of Sami women, involved in reindeer husbandry.

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Minister Jan Tore Sanner’s message from the seminar on Global Change and Traditional Knowledge

March 26, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

Jan Tore SannerMarch 25, Kautokeino (Norway). Minister Jan Tore Sanner, Ministry of Local Government and Modernization of Norway, participated in the international seminar “Global Change, Community-based Observing Systems and Co-production of Knowledge for the Circumpolar North” . The minister had an opening speech at the seminar, also his message to the participants of the seminar was posted on the official web-site of the government and ministries:

“Dear participants!

I am happy to be here in Kautokeino and to open this conference on Traditional knowledge, Arctic Indigenous Peoples and Reindeer Herding.

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Global Change Workshop Opens in Kautokeino

March 25, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

March 25, Kautokeino (Norway). International workshop with the main theme ” The Role of Traditional Knowledge in Governance of Natural Resources in the High-North with Cases from Reindeer Husbandry and Other Indigenous Societies” started today. The workshop brought together representatives from local government, science, indigenous people and others.

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Arctic Council Permanent Participants Drafted their Statement of Principals

February 20, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

February 18, 2013

Permanent Participants drafted their statement of principles which are in discussion at the session today. This statement currently contains 11 principals on the Traditional knowledge and its use in the Arctic Council.This document will first be considered by the Sustainable Development working group and then will be addressed to a higher level of the Arctic Council process. “Practical tool for declaration came out of the workshop, a document highlighting the challenges and solutions of engagement of TK holders, importance of youth, elders and both genders…”

Nomadic Herders – Seminar in Ulan Bator Announced

May 31, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Nomadic HerdersThis year the main UNEP World Environment Day event is hosted by the government and people of Mongolia, and focuses on the new UNEP and UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) campaign Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint, which is aimed at slashing food waste. Mongolia is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, and is aiming to ensure this growth goes hand in hand with a green economy and civilization. While Mongolia does not waste significant food, the traditional nomadic lifestyle of some of its people—who developed ways to preserve food for long periods—offers some ancient answers to the modern-day challenge of food waste.
Mongolia is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among youth.

As part of these events in Ulan Bator, the Nomadic Herders project is hosting a seminar on Monday June 3, entitled ‘The Future for Reindeer Husbandry and Conservation in Mongolia’s Biodiversity Hotspot’ which will be attended by reindeer herders from Tsagaannuur, researchers, local and regional administration figures and Dukha youth living in Ulan Bator.

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Video of young Tsataan herder, Mongolia

February 16, 2011 • Philip Burgess

Becoming a reindeer herder is a process of lifelong learning..starting from the very beginning


A new International Institute on Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry Established in Norway

November 16, 2009 • Philip Burgess

The Board of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) has approved the establishment of UArctic Institute for Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry, as a result of the International Polar Year (IPY) project and the IPY EALÁT project.

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GPS used in reindeer herding

March 12, 2009 • Philip Burgess

Vapsten Sami village in Sweden has been granted state aid which enables them to test new methods in monitoring reindeer. Now, the reindeer will be fitted with GPS transmitters.

Jon Mikkal Labba, the leader of the Vapsten Sami village, says that he begins his working day by turning on the computer, to see how the reindeer behave and where they are.

I can see if it the reindeers move a lot and then I know that there is interference, either predators or other things, and then we can concentrate on that area during the day.

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Reindeer Pasturage, by Berit Inga

October 31, 2008 • Philip Burgess


This is a poster presentation by Berit Inga from the Arctic Ungulates Conference, in Sakha Yakutia in August, 2007 and is reproduced here with her kind permission. Berit Inga is employed at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå and at Àjtte, the Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum, Jokkmokk Sweden and she can be contacted at berit.inga(at)

This will be published as a full article in a forthcoming edition of  RANGIFER 27 (2), 2007, Nordisk organ for reindriftsforskning (NOR), the publication of the Nordic Council for Reindeer Husbandry Research.

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