How Good a Reindeer Herder Are You?

08 February 2021 20:00
What do you know about reindeer herders in the tundra? Test your knowledge!
 When temperatures drop below -34° C during severe tundra winters, the reindeer herders move from one location to another searching for new lichen pastures. Our Tundra Wonder Mums feature documentary explains how they run their households in such harsh climates, what traditions they uphold and what difficulties they face. Test your tundra knowledge in our quiz and watch our film to fill in the gaps!

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  • 1 of 8
    Why should reindeer herders change their location every 2-3 days?

    • Reindeer have to eat, and the lichen becomes depleted in a few days
      Exactly! Do you know that lichen has medicinal properties and is used in medicine?
    • It is a nomadic people’s way of life
      Oh, no. Actually, reindeer food becomes exhausted quickly and they need to move
    • Who said that? Reindeer herders usually stay for months in one pasture
      Unfortunately, no, tundra lichen ends up sooner or later in the parking places
  • 2 of 8
    How long does it take to prepare chum?
    • It takes about 2-3 hours
      No! Sometimes women do that in half an hour. Can you imagine?
    • It takes less than 1 hour
      You are right! Did you know it’s a job only for women?
    • It is going to take a lot of hard work and even half a day to set it up
      Fortunately, no, it only seems to be very difficult, but for skilled women, it takes less than an hour
  • 3 of 8
    Why do helicopters fly to the tundra at the end of August?

    • To bring food to the reindeer herders
      Oh, no. The only reason is to deliver children to the beginning of the school year
    • To take children to school
      Sure! It is the fastest way to get into the city. It takes a couple of days on ATV to reach the city…
    • To count the livestock of the reindeer herds
      You are wrong, children need to start their school year and helicopters bring them to the towns
  • 4 of 8
    How do the reindeer herders communicate in the tundra?

    • Via gadgets, of course
      Right! The way of life has changed a lot and even people on the tundra have telephones, but finding the internet remains a great challenge
    • Teams set up place and time to meet at a specific location
      Wrong! It is not the Stone Age, they have telephones
    • They send specially trained reindeer with notes
      Wrong! Santa is the only one to have reindeer that well-educated, herders have gadgets
  • 5 of 8
    There are few vitamins in the tundra, and there is one thing that helps reindeer herders make up for it. What can it be?
    • People in the tundra consume dried lichen
      That’s wrong! they drink fresh blood of young reindeer. But! Lichen is useful too - if you take it systematically, you will be more resistant to stress
    • Ground reindeer antlers in small doses
      You were so close, but no. people drink fresh blood of young reindeer because it contains a lot of vitamins and haemoglobin
    • The fresh blood of young reindeer
      Yes! People store blood in bags from the reindeer’s peritoneum. Sometimes blood is salted and dipped meat and fish in it
  • 6 of 8
    Like centuries ago, the wealth of a reindeer herder is still measured by the size of his herd… How many reindeer should be in a herd to consider its owner a rich man?
    • 1,000-1,500 reindeer
      No, only 2,000-3,000 reindeer are enough to consider you a wealthy person.
    • 2,000-3,000 reindeer
      Right! A wealthy reindeer herder may have a 2,000-3,000 reindeer herd
    • 300 - 500 reindeer
      You’re mistaken, it should be about 2000 -3000 reindeer
  • 7 of 8
    Reindeer were also used during WWII. More than 10,000 animals were mobilised. Why were reindeer so popular during the war?

    • Reindeer are very resilient animals
      Wrong! The truth is reindeer do not make any sound when wounded
    • Reindeer don’t make any sound when wounded
      Exactly! In the Kola Arctic, they were used to evacuate the wounded and deliver military supplies
    • Reindeer were faster than horses
      It isn’t true, the main reason was a fantastic reindeer ability not to make any sound when wounded
  • 8 of 8
    Where did reindeer herding originate?

    • In the northern territories of China and Mongolia
      It is false. Actually, reindeer herding was born in Russia
    • In the western hemisphere
      No, reindeer herding originated in Russia. In the western hemisphere the first domestic reindeer appeared only in 1892 - in Alaska.
    • In Russia
      You are right! It presumably originated in the Samoyedic and Tungusic peoples of the Altai-Sayan highlands
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