|ICR/WRH Host Chinese Delegation, Kautokeino|
|Written by Philip Burgess|
|Saturday, 04 October 2008 01:00|
The Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) hosted a visiting delegation (Weds October 1 – Sat Oct 3) from China led by Professor Hao Shiyuan, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was accompanied by four researchers and academics from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, who all specialized in Tibet, with a focus on Tibetan pastoralism. Their other research fields included Chinese minorities, resettlement policies, cultural history and Tibetan nationalism.
A seminar was held on Wednesday (Oct 1) where there were presentations by Johan Mathis Turi (WRH), Anders Oskal (ICR), Svein MAthiesen (EALAT), Philip Burgess (Reindeer Portal). Kolås presented her research on 'ecological migrations'(China's resettlement policies and their impacts in Tibet and Inner Mongolia) and Hao Shiyuan gave a presentation on Evenki reindeer husbandry in China.
Dr. Hao Shiyuan has researched reindeer husbandry in China for many years and also has worked in Sweden in association with Hugh Beach. He outlined how reindeer herding is considered to be a backward profession in China and that this has fed in to the official Chinese resettlement program which has not been a success with many reindeer herders. There has been little attention to reindeer husbandry in China, doubtless because of the small numbers involved – it engages around 230 people, 62 households and approximately 700 reindeer.
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ICR Activities, PRIO