Why is reindeer husbandry so problematical?


Why do the reindeers annually migrate between winter- and summer grazing areas, and how has this migration formed Sámi reindeer herding, from reindeer nomadism to modern Sámi reindeer herding.

Sami reindeer husbandry seems to exist in a perpetual state of conflict with central government over the management of the grazing lands upon which it depends. The recent Supreme Court case involving herder Jovsset Ánte I. Sara is merely the latest expression of an argument which has been going on in Norway for more than 100 years. The argument is frequently presented in terms of a dichotomy between conservation of the natural environment on one hand and preservation of native culture on the other. There is nothing unique to reindeer husbandry about this. Conflict between central government and the land-use practices of pastoral peoples is a feature of extensive grazing systems the world over.

Nicholas Taylor, Researcher at the University of Tromsø, will explain the fundament of pastoralism, Niklas Labba, leader of the Sámi studies at the University of Tromsø, will explain how the Sámi reindeer herding has changed, and the main drives to this change

In collaboration with Centre for Sami Studies & UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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