The 2nd Workshop on "Food Life History of the North"

Date & Time: October 28 (Thu) 8:00-15:00 and 29 (Fri) 8:00-13:00 (Japan and Siberia Time)
[15:00-22:00 on Oct. 27 (Wed) and 15:00-20:00 on 28 (Thu) AKDT]
Venue: Zoom online
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Organized: FS “Traditional Food Preservation and Cache Using Freezing Environment - Transformation and Heritage of “Food Life History” of the North under the Global Environmental Shift -”,
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)
Language: English

We would like to draw your attention to the 2nd 2-day workshop (WS) on "Food Life History of the North", organized as a part of the project on “Traditional Food Preservation and Cache Using Freezing Environment –Transformation and Heritage of “Food Life History” of the North Under the Global Environmental Shift–” at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan. The cold storage practice (underground cache and pits) is closely related to their food security, food sovereignty, culture, and health in the local communities in the Beringia region. The project aims to document the traditional use of cold storage, which has been greatly affected by global-scale environmental changes both natural and man-related, to address the current issues the community members are facing, and to aid the communities shaping their way for subsequent use by knowledge co-production, sharing, and networking.

The WS consists of one panel discussion (day 1), three thematic sessions (day 1-2), and one plenary discussion (day 2), securing more time for discussion than the 1st WS. In the panel discussion, researchers of different academic and personal background share their experiences regarding limitations in conducting research in the northern local communities away from their home, their attitude and perspective to the local communities at the research, and how to ensure local values and sharing of knowledge. Preliminary results from the field studies conducted in this year will be reported In the respective Siberia and Alaska sessions,. The plenary discussion expects to augment ideas and information of the two-day presentations with the participants, and to shape the needs and deeds of the research on the cold storage practice.


    Program (as of Oct. 19)
    Oct. 28 Thu 8:00–15:00 [AKDT Oct. 27 Wed 15:00–22:00]

  1. 8:00-8:10 [AKDT Oct. 27 (Wed) 15:00-15:10]: Opening Session
  2. 1. Opening Remark, Makoto Taniguchi (RIHN)

    2. Project Overview, Kazuyuki Saito (JAMSTEC)

  3. 8:10-10:00 [AKDT Oct. 27 (Wed) 15:10-17:00]: Panel Discussion
  4. “Research of Global Issues in Local Communities”

    Moderator: Yu Hirasawa

    Panelist: Nobuhiro Kishigami, Michael Koskey, Theresa John, Gavrilyeva Tuyara, Alexander Fedorov, Kazuyuki Saito

  5. (5-min break)
  6. 10:05-12:30 (AKDT 17:05-19:30): Siberia Session (Chair: Shirow Tatsuzawa)
  7. 1. History and status of traditional livelihoods in Sakha republic: Gavrilyeva Tuyara (NEFU, 25min.)

    2. Introduction and issues of international seed storage in Yakutsk: Alexandra Popova, Valentina Alexeeva (YSRIA, 25min.)

    3. Introduction of Field Sites of Chokurdakh and Krestovaya: Egor Kirillin, Innokentiy Okhlopkov (IBPC, 25min.)

    4. Field Report on Permafrost in Siberia: Go Iwahana (UAF/HU, 25min.)

    5. Preliminary survey report on cold storage practices in Sakha: Yuriy Zhegusov (NEFU, 25min.)

    6. Q&A (20 min.)

  8. (30 mins lunch break)
  9. 13:00-14:50 [AKDT 20:00-21:50] “Ethics in Research with Indigenous Communities” Session
  10. (Chair: Yoko Kugo/Michael Koskey)

    1. Introduction: Yoko Kugo (5 min)

    2. Co-Production of Knowledge: (from YouTube clip) (10 min.)

    3. Institutional Review Board (IRB): Mike Koskey (30 min.)

    4. Discussion on Ethics, intellectual property rights

  11. 14:50-15:00 [AKDT 21:50-22:00] Wrap-up discussion for the first day sessions
  12. October 29 Fri 8:00–13:00 [AKDT Oct 28 Thu 15:00–20:00]

  13. 8:00-11:00 [AKDT Oct. 27 Thu 15:00-18:00] Alaska Session (Chair: Yoko Kugo)
  14. 1. Opening, singing and prayers: Theresa Arevgaq John

    2. Session introduction: Yoko Kugo (10 min)

    3. Acknowledgement and introduction to the collaboration communities (20 min)

    4. Nerangnaqsararput imarpigmek, nunamek, ellamek-llu: Our Genuine Indigenous Subsistence Way of Life from the Ocean, Land, and Sky: Theresa John (30 min.)

    5. Food Life History and Landscape from Local Perspectives – Fieldtrip Report in 2021: Yoko Kugo (30 min.)

    6. Monitoring of Frozen Ground Conditions in Relation to Changing Underground Food Caches: Go Iwahana (30 min.)

    7. Implications of Preliminary Findings to Food Security and Sovereignty in Food Life History Research: Michael Koskey (30 min.)

    8. Q&A (30 min.)

  15. (10 mins break)
  16. 11:10-12:40 [AKDT 18:10-18:40] Plenary discussion on next steps
  17. “What and how to reify and implement”

  18. 12:45-13:00 [AKDT 18:45-19:00] Workshop closing
  19. 1. Comments from Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

    2. Closing Remark, Kazuyuki Saito

For questions, contact: Kazuyuki Saito or Yoko Kugo
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