Perspectives in Circumpolar Reindeer Production

Wednesday, May 10
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Open to registered attendees
Wood Center, UAF Campus
Rooms C & D

Knowledge about circumpolar indigenous peoples’ food systems is essential to the future ability of communities to adapt to Arctic changes and maintain their cultural and economic sustainability. This seminar is the outcome of a series of community-based workshops, seminars and youth engagement activities in Russia, Norway and Alaska about Arctic indigenous peoples´ food culture.

This seminar will include a panel discussion and short knowledge presentations from Alaska, Norway and Russia drawn from the new Arctic Council EALLU food book. Perspectives will be given on the ways reindeer and other resources are being used to improve the quality of life for local communities. The program will be followed by a tasting reception where Alaskan reindeer meat will be served. This tasting will highlight both Scandinavian, Russian and American recipes developed to showcase reindeer meat. 


Arctic Council SDWG Chair Roberta Burns (tbc) and Norwegian Ambassador to the Arctic Council Mrs Anniken Ramberg Krutnes (tbc)

Demonstration of circumpolar food culture – reindeer meat tasting

Sámi chef Nils Bendik Dunfjeld serving reindeer meat from Alaska, together with world reindeer herders and Arctic indigenous peoples.

Panel discussion – future of reindeer herders’ economy

  • Moderators: Dr Prof. Greg Finstad, Manager, Reindeer Research Program and Mr Anders Oskal, Executive Director, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry
    • Panelists:
      • Mr Bruce Davis, Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch
      • Ms Ann Davis, Owner, Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch
      • Mr George Aguiar, Archipelago Farms
      • Mr Mikhail Pogodaev, Executive Chair, Assoc. of World Reindeer Herders, Russia
      • Mr Johan Mathis Turi, Secretary General, Assoc. of World Reindeer Herders, Norway 
      • Representatives from Stevens Village Reindeer/Bison Farm

Launching of Arctic Council Indigenous Food Book

EALLU: Indigenous Youth, Arctic Change & Knowledge of Food Culture and How We Have Thrived on the Margins

Report and Project Recommendations

Executive Director Anders Oskal (Sámi), Project leader, Norway: Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group Report from the EALLU Project 2015-17; recommendations from the project to the Arctic Council.

Short Presentations from Alaska, Norway and Russia

  • Dr Mikhail Pogodaev (Even), Co-Project leader, Russia.   World Reindeer Husbandry– traditional knowledge and reindeer husbandry. Perspectives from Republic of Sakha Yakutia, Russia
  • Researcher Svetlana Avelova (Evenki), Russia.   Traditional Cuisine of Evenki People, Russia.
  • Researcher Alena Gerasimova (Evenki), Russia.   The Evenki Cookbook - The Value of Reindeer Blood and Blood Sausage for Evenki Reindeer Herding Peoples – Examples of Traditional Knowledge
  • Bruce Davis (Inuit), US Alaska.   Midnight Sun Reindeer Ranch: The Nome Cookbook initiative
  • Reindeer Herder Issat Turi (Sámi), Norway.   Sámi historical perspectives of reindeer husbandry in Alaska 
  • Carolina Behe (Inuit), ICC Alaska.   Food security in Inuit food systems
  • Suanne Unger, AIA Alaska Traditional Unangan/Unangas (Aleut). Food is the sustenance for the life; Short Discussion and Q&A Session.   Moderated by Prof. Svein D. Mathiesen.
  • Prof. Svein D. Mathiesen, UArctic EALÁT Institute at International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Norway. Summing up the session; take home messages.