The project is working to get wild reindeer and the cultural heritage associated with wild reindeer hunting included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in order to ensure that this heritage is preserved for future generations. In this context, information is as important as conservation. The project believes it is important to teach coming generations about wild reindeer as a species and their past and present significance as a resource. In 2006, the project intends to contact chief municipal education officers in the area to discuss whether and how this could be incorporated into the curriculum. The project is also interested in contacting others in the area who are involved in disseminating information about hunting and hunting traditions with a view to collaboration.
Wild reindeer – hunting and trapping
Wild reindeer have been an important resource in the North Gudbrandsdalen valley for nearly 8,000 years. In former times, hunting wild reindeer was a necessity in order to obtain food for the winter. Today, wild reindeer hunting is mostly recreational. The exhibition shows the evolution of hunting methods over the last 10,000 years. It also deals with issues relating to the future of wild reindeer in the mountainous areas of Southern Norway.
The exhibition is located at Lesja Bygdatun museum (North Gudbrandsdalen Museum) and is open from 10 June to 18 August, or by agreement.