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1829 Talk: Reindeer - the many changes seen by this ancient creature of the north

Friday 10 January, 18.29-18.45, Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

with Ilona Kater, Durham University

Reindeer have a history stretching back over 600,000 years, and throughout this time have experienced many changes in the landscapes where they live across the planet. In northern Europe reindeer were partially domesticated by the indigenous Saami who continue to herd them today. In this talk we will look at some of the changes and challenges experienced by the reindeer and their herders, touching on growing the impacts of a growing industrial presence in the north, politics of indigenous land rights and the rapidly changing climate being experienced in the Arctic in recent years. This forms the basis of a project which aims to bring together a scientific and indigenous understanding of the many factors affecting reindeer in Europe, building a bigger and more holistic picture of their rapidly changing world.