Archival Film of 1993 World Reindeer Herders Congress

November 22, 2016 • Philip Burgess

Fantastic archival film in Russian about the Association of World Reindeer Herders’ first gathering of reindeer peoples from across the Arctic, held in Tromsø, Norway in 1993. This signalled the beginning of global cooperation between reindeer herders that has continued to this day. The next Congress will be held in Jokkmokk, Sweden, next year.

The Film was made by the  Parliamentary Assembly of small-numbered peoples of the North of the Russian Federation and the Author and convener is the President of the Association of Indigenous Small-numbered Peoples of the North of the Russian Federation. The film was  written by the late Yeremei Aipin. The Director and cameraman was S. Rakhomyagi

New Photo Gallery – EALLIN @ Arctic Frontiers

February 9, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Arctic Frontiers_Photo Olga Shavrina-42We have just put up a new photo gallery from the EALLIN Executive Summary launch at the Arctic Frontiers conference held in Tromso a few weeks ago with HSH Prince Albert, held in collaboration with UArctic. All the pictures in this series are by professional photographer Olga Shavrina. View the full gallery here



TV Coverage of EALLIN Launch at Arctic Frontiers

January 20, 2015 • Philip Burgess

TV 2 featured two pieces on the launch of the EALLIN Executive Summary with Prince Albert on Monday, at the Arctic Frontiers conference which is being held in Tromso.

One story interviewed Prince Albert and why he was interested in supporting young indigenous peoples and the other a longer interview with ICR Director, Anders Oskal. You can download the EALLIN Executive Summary here

TV 2 Screenshot #1


TV 2 Screenshot # 2


Dogs attacking and killing reindeer

August 20, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

dogs attacking reindeerSad news came from Norway where few young men witnessed a terrible scene – two dogs were killing a reindeer.

The gruesome pictures which were taken outside Tromso by few kayakers this weekend, show two dogs that have chased reindeer into water, attack and killed it.

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Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies

March 19, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

Master in Landscape Architecture. The program focuses on the changes and challenges generated by climate change, geopolitical forces, increased industrialization and migration in Circumpolar landscapes. The education enables students, working with a faculty with long experience on Circumpolar landscapes, to influence the development and management of cities, settlements, landscapes, industrial facilities, ecosystems and infrastructure in the Circumpolar region. Students with interests in landscape design, extreme landscapes, Subarctic urbanism and exposed ecologies are encouraged to apply.

For further information and applying, please visit: The Official web-site of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Revisit the First Reindeer Peoples’ Festival in Tromso, 1993

April 30, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Reindeer Peoples Festival 1993With the fall of the ‘Iron Curtain’ and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the global family of reindeer herding peoples was again able to meet, communicate, network and collaborate. The first reindeer peoples festival was held in Tromso, Norway in 1993 and reindeer peoples from across the circumpolar region gathered together for the first time. Through this collaboration the Association of World Reindeer Herders was consolidated and the cycle of World Reindeer Herders’ Congresses was initiated, which this year will be held in Genhe/Alougoya, in Northeast China, July 25-8. Previous Congresses have been held in Inari, Yakutsk and Kautokeino.

You can now review the historic first meeting through a fascinating photo journal that was compiled after this first event. The guest of honour was the renowned ethnographer and adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl. There were meetings, speeches and a number of cultural events such as concert which featured Nils Aslak Valkeapaa and a sporting event, the World Lassoo Throwing Championships, a keenly fought competition that continues to this day. Participants came from 12 regions in Russia and 7 countries.

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Reindeer Racing, Tromsø, 2009

February 17, 2009 • Philip Burgess

This is the reindeer racing season in the Sami area. Reindeer racing is a popular sport in northern Norway, Finland and Sweden. Most of the racers and owners are Sami and the races are the highlights of local sporting and cultural events, such as Sami National Day (Feb 6th) and the various Easter festivals. Reindeer racing in this part of the world is a high-tech event featuring carbon fibre skis, full face helmets, and racers that are as light as possible. Distances are short – a few hundred metres and winning margins are measured in hundredths of a second, with the use of photo finishes and reindeer reach up to 50 km/h.

Tromsø was recently the scene of the Norwegian National championships and ICR employee Philip Burgess took some pictures of the race and the lasoo casting competition and also made a video of the days activities, when reindeer take over the streets of the town..

Watch Video here

See Photos here