Cattle-human Relationships

The 3MC project studies relationships and the cultural heritage of the past as well as the present. Seeking to understand the intricacies and complexities of cattle-human relationships, the field of cultural studies perhaps raises more questions than answers.

Charlotte Kroløkke, professor in Cultural studies at SDU, studies mountain cattle-human relationships includes qualitative approaches to the ways that humans talk about and visually portray their relationship to cattle:

”…mountain cattle are not simply “cows” or “workers;” rather, mountain cattle emerge as “pets,” “companions,” even family members​. – Charlotte Kroløkke

Image: Matilda Latvala

Defining Encounters with History

Jennie Tiderman-Österberg is an ethnomusicologist at Dalarnas museum in Sweden, a PhD student in musicology at Örebro University, and a singer:

”Cultural heritage such as that of the fäbod offers us a foundation from which we can better see and make sense of our lived world today. It brings to many a sense of consistency and pride, and signals what is best to preserve and actualize within our culture… it brings us to understand why we live under the conditions and societal structures we do – because heritage was not then. It is now. – Jennie Tiederman-Österberg in Smithsonian Folklife

Read Jennie’s text about kulning

Winners Selected: Photo Competition to Spread Knowledge About Mountain Cattle Breeds

Black and white cow looking into the camera on field at sunset

A photo competition was organized in order to receive stories and images of the Nordic Mountain cattle breeds. Out of the 188 photos, the professional jury selected five winning photos, but all 188 photos are now a part of the memory bank that is created to spread knowledge about mountain cattle.

See the 5 winning photos