Academic journal article Nomadic Peoples

Preface

Academic journal article Nomadic Peoples

Preface

Article excerpt

'Humans and Reindeer on the Move' is the first volume of Nomadic Peoples to be dedicated entirely to nomadic livelihoods connected to reindeer (Rangifer tarandus). Reindeer pastoralism is practised in a large region across the circumpolar rim, by communities that represent the rich cultural diversity of the Arctic and Subarctic. These communities and livelihoods are threatened on many fronts, often at the cost of intimate human-animal relations. All groups of people in the Arctic are connected through the use of the same crucial resource--reindeer--without which the continuous presence of humans in the harsh cold environment would hardly be imaginable. Reindeer satisfy physical as well as social, cultural and spiritual needs for human survival. Considering the huge size of this area and the importance of one single species of animal uniting all pastoralism in that area, reindeer livelihoods have been chronically underrepresented in the more general theoretical debates about pastoralism, including those in this journal. The contributions to this volume therefore invite reflection about the significance of reindeer livelihoods for our understanding of pastoralism in general.

The editors would like to acknowledge the initiative of Michael Casimir and Aparna Rao, former editors of Nomadic Peoples for bringing this special volume into being. …

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