Joy Of Creation

Joy Of CreationEthnographic documentary
Running time: 47 min.
Translator: Jeremy BRADLEY, Mikhail DMITRIJEV
Announcer: John Sullivan
Sound post-production: Jevgeni CHERNOV
Film Director: Aleksei ALEKSEJEV

The Finno-Ugric peoples belong to a unique family of world cultures. Here, in the Orshanka District of the Mari El Republic, the founder of Mari drama was born: the playwright Yakov Shketan. Places commemorating him and his work can be found all over the district. A square in the center of the village of Orshanka carries his name. In 1968, a statue was erected in his honor. He is fondly remembered and revered by the Mari people, his life and his works are a shining moment in the history of Mari literature. Continue reading

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Summer School of Mari Language and Culture

Summer School of Mari Language and Culture 2013Yoshkar-Ola, Republic of Mari El, Russian Federation
June 30 – July 20, 2014

Mari State University is happy to announce the annual Summer School of Mari Language and Culture organized by the Institute of National Culture and Intercultural communication and the International Office of Mari State University. Continue reading

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Udmurt language not obligatory in Udmurtia

Natalya Sudarikova

Natalya Sudarikova

Head of Udmurt Republic State Council Standing Committee for Education, Culture and Youth Administration, Natalya Sudarikova claims an obligatory Udmurt language learning initiative unpromising.

An interest in the national language spark among Udmurt residents after a folk collective ‘Buranovskie Babushki’ the had taken part in the Eurovision song contest, claims the Head of Udmurt Republic State Council Standing Committee for Education, Culture and Youth Administration, Natalya Sudarikova. Continue reading

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Polluted Volga an Ecological Disaster for 60 Million Russians

VolgaThe increasingly polluted Volga River is creating ahealth crisis for the 60 million Russian citizens who live in its enormous and economically important basin, but the Russian government has not been independently monitoring this situation since Vladimir Putin disbanded the State Ecology Committee in 2000.

In the current issue of “Argumenty nedeli,” journalist Denis Terentyev surveys the damage, noting that few officials appear to care although people living along Russia’s great river can see the increasingly negative impact of pollution on the river, its wildlife, and on themselves. Continue reading

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The Estonian Programme Awarded the Ilmapuu Prize

Tatiana SeliverstovaThe Council of the Kindred People’s Programme decided to award the 2013 Ilmapuu (World Tree) Prize to Tatiana Seliverstova, chairman of the Töd’õ Jus’ society of ethno-futurists in the locality of Yakshur-Bodia, the Udmurt Republic, for her participation in the activities that help to revive and promote Udmurt culture.

The Töd’õ Jus’ (White Swan) society of ethno-futurists established in 2007 aims at reviving and promoting the culture and traditions of the Udmurts’ ancestors. The society takes part in various folklore and Continue reading

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Literary prize contest 2013

Estonian Kindred People’s ProgrammeThe Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme and the Association of Finno-Ugric Literatures announce a literary prize contest among writers and translators belonging to the Uralic kindred peoples’ communities that have no nationhood.

The prize will be contested in the following categories: Continue reading

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The Prize of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme in Sciences 2013

Estonian Kindred People’s ProgrammeThe Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme announces a contest for prizes to be awarded to scientists belonging to the Uralic kindred peoples’ communities that have no nationhood.

The Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme announces prizes for the following categories of research: Continue reading

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