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Elders still maintain a strong position among indigenous people. Here, the Inuit elder Noah Piugaattuk of Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada shares some of his extensive knowledge with a local cultural historian, Louis Tapardjuk.

Indigenous culture groups that herd and/or hunt reindeer/ caribou include (but are not limited to): in Eurasia, Saami, Nenets, Komi, Khanti, Dolgan, Nganasan, Yukagir, Even, Evenk, Sakha (Yakut), Chukchi, Koryak, and Chuvan; and in North America, Gwich’in, Iñupiat, Dogrib, Koyokon Dene, Metis, Cree, Chipewyan, Innu, Naskapi, Yupiit, Inuvialuit and Inuit (UNEP, 2001). For virtually all indigenous peoples living on the coasts, fishing and hunting for sea mammals has a long history (Lyman, 1995; Ackerman, 1998; UNEP, 2001; Friesen and Morrison, 2002).