The coronavirus has not reached the world’s reindeer herders. They are preparing for reindeer calving and the congress
16:33 21 апреля 2020
Категории: News in English
In the circumpolar space there are no cases of the coronavirus registered among reindeer herders. Nomads are aware of this worldwide infection, as they easily use modern information technologies. Among them now there is an opinion that the infection in tundra can only fall from the sky in the form of some slob. According to northern hospitality, he could have been accepted in any choum (nomadic dwelling similar to a tepee), despite the symptoms. However, such development of events is completely excluded now. Reindeer herders do not go into settlements and extractive fields. The information was given to a correspondent of the news agency “Sever-Press” by the president of the Union of World Reindeer Herders Sergey Kharyuchi.
He noted: “Nomads in tundra are ready for an unexpected turn of the elements at any day and hour. For example, those people, who survived the anthrax, are not afraid of the coronavirus. During the emergency on the anthrax in Yamal we trusted the state and were not mistaken. Anxiety among reindeer herders is excluded under any circumstances. The so-called force majeure because of often natural disasters is in the natural order of things for us”.
And now reindeer herders keep calm about the infection. They have though time-consuming, but pleasant activities ahead. Preparation of reindeer for calving is spreading throughout the Arctic. According to Sergey Kharyuchi, a reasonable natural and state chain paves the way from the nomadic camp to the set table of northerners and confidence in the future. And while cities and towns are worried about the number of infected, the most responsible time is continued in tundra: reindeer herders drive herds to calving pastures. With all the accompanying activities and knowledge that “reindeer calves are counted in autumn”.
As for actions of the Union of World Reindeer Herders, they, like many fellow citizens, were disappointed that the Reindeer Herder’s Day and the World congress of employees engaged in reindeer-herding branch were cancelled for security reasons at the end of March in Salekhard.
According to the president of the Union, this is not a problem. The Congress of the Union of World Reindeer Herders will be held quietly in March 2021 in Khanty-Mansiysk, when the history of the coronavirus will be closed for sure. Everything that is happening is just working moments.