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Domestication in Action

Past and Present Human-Reindeer Interaction in Northern Fennoscandia

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  • A transdisciplinary overview of reindeer herding through a methodological and interpretative approach
  • Discusses the archaeology of reindeer domestication
  • Provides a unique insight into change, continuity and memory-making in reindeer herding practices

Part of the book series: Arctic Encounters (AE)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. The History and Biology of Reindeer Domestication

  2. Domestication and Herding Strategies

  3. Human-Reindeer Landscapes

  4. Social and Cultural Entanglements


About this book

Reindeer have been an integral part of the lives of people in Northern Fennoscandia in prehistoric and historic times. Today, reindeer herding practices are changing fast due to climate change, land use pressures and new technologies. This book outlines recent advances in the archaeology of reindeer domestication and development of reindeer herding among the Sámi of Northern Fennoscandia, focusing especially on the identification and understanding of various reindeer herding tasks and practices through archaeological evidence and traditional knowledge of reindeer herders. Covering more than a thousand years of history of reindeer herding, the book explores how reindeer herding practices have always been dynamic and adapted to the changing social, economic and environmental pressures. While reindeer herding practices have changed, they have also retained memory and tradition. The continuity and adaptation of reindeer herding testifies of the resilience of reindeer herders and their animals, and the importance of their relationship in the changing Arctic. This book will be of interest to scholars interested in archaeology, anthropology, and history of the Arctic, as well as local communities and reindeer herders.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Research Unit for History, Culture, and Communications, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

    Anna-Kaisa Salmi

About the editor

Anna-Kaisa Salmi is an Associate Professor in Archaeology at the University of Oulu. Her research focusses on northern human-animal relationships and the archaeology of reindeer domestication. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Monographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland and co-editor of Archaeologies of Animal Movement – Animals on the Move (2021) and The Sound of Silence – Indigenous Perspectives on the Historical Archaeology of Colonialism (2019).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Domestication in Action

  • Book Subtitle: Past and Present Human-Reindeer Interaction in Northern Fennoscandia

  • Editors: Anna-Kaisa Salmi

  • Series Title: Arctic Encounters

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-98642-1Published: 25 May 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-98645-2Published: 26 May 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-98643-8Published: 24 May 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2730-6488

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-6496

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 283

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture, Cultural History, Human Geography

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