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Filmmakers Talk About Living With Finland's Reindeer Cowboys

Filmmakers Talk About Living With Finland's Reindeer Cowboys | Finland | Scoop.it

When filmmakers Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel started looking for modern-day cowboys to follow for their new documentary, they didn't start in the American West. Instead, they looked to Finland (map).

Oreck and Teel are fascinated by how people interact with the world around them, and their film, Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, brings viewers into the lives of Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki. The two brothers lead a collective of herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in Finland.

The film was nominated for best documentary feature at this year'sTribeca Film Festival.

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Video: Meet Aatu, Finland's friendly, domesticated reindeer

Video: Meet Aatu, Finland's friendly, domesticated reindeer | Finland | Scoop.it
This is not your typical reindeer. While others are gearing up to guide Santa's sleigh, Aatu, a Finnish reindeer is working on his tableside manners, munching on moss and staying warm indoors. 
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Ji-Wei's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:06 AM

In Finland, a woman has domesticated a reindeer named Aatu. Aatu was adopted when he was abandoned in the wilderness by his mother. Aatu is very friendly with his owner and loves to eat moss. my question is how long do these reindeers live for?