UArctic Scholarships Granted to Dukha Youth, Mongolia

October 20, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Ola Elvastuen with Dukha youthLast month, during the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, a number of Norwegian parliamentarians met with Dukha / Tsataan youth with whom WRH and ICR partners through the Nomadic Herders project in a session organized by ICR. (see story and photo essay here).

In tandem with this session, 12 reindeer husbandry youth were granted UArctic Scholarships through the UArctic EALAT Institute. The scholarships were granted to work with Traditional Knowledge in their own culture related to protected areas,  reindeer husbandry and conservation of biodiversity in times of climate change. The scholarships were delivered by Ola Elvestuen, a representative of the Venstre party in the Norwegian Storting.

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ICR Director to Meet Norwegian Parliamentarians in Mongolia

September 14, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Nomadic HerdersThe 2015 Autumn Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held on 15-18 September in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Anders Oskal, is taking advantage of the large number of Norwegian parliamentarians present to introduce the Nomadic Herders project in a side meeting to them and introduce them to Dukha youth who will inform participants about the various challenges and opportunities that are impacting Dukha reindeer husbandry at the present time. Parliamentarians will meet youth in a Ger and some will accompany the Nomadic Herders team on horseback for a field trip.

Pictures and news to follow.

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‘Sodura’: Dukha Reindeer Husbandry on the Big Screen

June 4, 2015 • Philip Burgess

SoduraA big budget and highly stylized feature film has been released which revolves around the Tsataan reindeer herders in Mongolia. Called ‘Sodura’, the film has been made in Mongolia and features Mongolian actors and presumably used people who knew how to handle reindeer as the trailer shows extensive scenes of reindeer herding, herding and migrating. ‘Sodura’, is the name of the heroine of the film, who is played by the well known Mongolian singer Ochgerel. The trailer shows a highly dramatic storyline and Mongolian media is reporting that it will be an entry into the Cannes film festival of 2016. You can watch it below.

Dukha, or Tsataan reindeer herders are one of the smallest numbered herding groups in the world and face enormous challenges related to the breakneck speed of development in Mongolia and the development of nature protected areas around the Lake Hovsgol region where they live alongside many other challenges. The Nomadic Herders project led by ICR is a partner with several herding peoples in the taiga, including Tsataan.


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“Reindeer People” to receive monthly allocation: The UB Post

May 17, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Tsaatan by FenceThe President of Mongolia, Ts.Elbegdorj, passed an order in 2007 to improve the living conditions, livelihoods and herding of the “Reindeer People”. Also known as the Tsaatan, they are herders who primarily raise reindeer in the north. Accordingly, on its last meeting on May 11, the government approved a new decree which will conduct several more measures to advance the implementation of the 2007 directives.

In accordance with the decree, a plan to intensify the implementation of “Recovering the reindeer herding and improving the reindeer herder’s livelihood” program, and a National Council to manage the program nationwide were newly formed. The council will make an annual report of its performance and results in December to both the President of Mongolia and the public.

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Reindeer in Mongolia Covered on VOA

September 19, 2008 • Philip Burgess

ITGEL founder Morgan Keay with Tsataan herders

The work of the Itgel Foundation was covered in a recent Voice of America radio programme. The Tsataan are an indigenous people living in Northern Mongolia,  south of the Sayan mountains in Russia, the region from which reindeer husbandry is said to have originated. Small herd size, poor economic prospects and diminished herd health along with a host of other issues, many of which are shared with other reindeer peoples, are faced by the Tsataan. The US and Mongolia based Itgel Foundation have been working for several years to address these challenges through a community centred approach.

You can download Voice of America MP 3 here

Source – VOA