Wednesday, December 10, 2008
since Christmas is coming, let's talk about reindeer
still from The Last Yoik in the Sami Forests?
The reindeer of Samiland are like the Canadian caribou, except the animals of North America are wild. And like the caribou, the reindeer, and the forests and tundra of the lands of the indigenous peoples of northern Europe and Canada, suffer from romanticization, exploitation, abuse, the dire effects of climate change, and human disregard and disrespect.
Does Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer know that his kin are in trouble?
Canadian caribou are in a steep decline, but does this news ring out like Jingle Bells?
"The massive Beverly herd, which roams the tundra from northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and well into the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, once numbered about 276,000. But a just-released survey suggests the number of caribou cows on the calving grounds of the massive Beverly herd have fallen by 98 per cent over the past 14 years."
Last Yoik in Sami Forests?, a documentary by Hannu Hyvönen, tells of the effects of neoliberal corporate greed and consumer apathy on the much beloved reindeer of Samiland.
You can watch The Last Yoik in Sami Forests? on YouTube. I recommend watching the Epilogue first.