The importance of sourcing reindeer hides ethically

Where do the Reindeer Herders originate from?

Reindeer Herders originate from the Sami people who are nomadic tribes travelling the fells of Sweden, Norway and spreading to Finland in rhythm with the seasons. Reindeers are extremely important to the Sami people for many reasons. They provide the nomadic tribes with meat, milk and raw materials for clothes and tools. Reindeer have enabled these tribes to live in the most northern parts of Finland since the 1600's.

Reindeer herding is based on traditional knowledge and skill.

The reindeer herder's profession involves adapting to the environment and a rhythm of life set by the reindeer in harmony with the seasons, weather and grazing grounds. The children in the Herders family get their own earmarks for their reindeer while they are still small.



Fact 1 - Not just anyone can own a Reindeer......

Reindeer can only be owned by citizens of the countries belonging to the EEA who have permanent residence in the reindeer herding area, reindeer co-operatives, and the Reindeer Herders Association.

Fact 2 - Reindeer herders earn most of their money from the sales of reindeer meat and additional income from sales of other reindeer products and services.

Fact 3 - Reindeer Herders tend to be very secretive when it comes to how many Reindeer they actually herd. However they must have at least 300 reindeer in the South and 500 in the Northern regions.

Fact 4 - Back in the day Reindeer were originally used to lure animals for hunting and beasts of burden.

Fact 5 - All Herder's have their own earmark for their reindeer. Earmarks identify the owner of the reindeer.

Fact 6 - The oldest rock drawings of Reindeer date back more than 3000 years.

Fact 7 - The Reindeer winter fur is extremely dense and can cope with temperatures of -50 degrees.

Fact 8 - Reindeer are the only large herbivore that are able to eat Lichen and they dig it out from under the snow a metre thick.

Fact 9 - The Reindeer Parliament, the annual general meeting of representatives, is the highest decision making body in Finland.

Fact 10 - Around 100,000 reindeer are slaughtered each year, however around 120,000 - 130,000 reindeer calves are born every year.

Not A Box does the research...

It's been amazing to learn about the history of the Reindeer and the Sami tribes use of ancient techniques and wisdom whilst tending their herds, allowing them to live a natural and more sustainable way of life.

The sale of the reindeer skins is a major part of the sustainability of the Sami tribes of Norway, Sweden and Finland.  Not A Box are proud to support their heritage. 

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