The Prize of the Kindred Peoples’ Programme in sciences 2015

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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Literary prize contest 2015

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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Is there still multilingualism in the Middle Volga region today?

VolgaizmThe structural similarities of the Middle Volga languages, sometimes referred to as the Volga Sprachbund, would not have been possible without a significant amount of multilingualism. In contact zones, multilingualism was normal.

Moreover, following the conquest of Kazan in 1552, Tatar remained the lingua franca of the Middle Volga. For example, if a Mari met an Udmurt, they would have likely spoken Tatar to each other. Continue reading

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Finno-Ugric Film Festival 2015

Workshop call

FUFF_logoThe Finno-Ugric Film Festival (FUFF) announces its Scriptwriting workshop, to be held during the Festival in Tsiistre, Estonia, 10th-13th JUNE 2015.

We invite 12 applications from filmmakers who wish to participate in this workshop. Those selected will receive assistance as follows: Continue reading

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Between the Black and the Red Land

Sheme_joshkarTrailer of Galina Krasnoborova’s Mari-language film “Between the Black and the Red Land” with subtitles in English.

There is only one young woman and two old women left of the whole nation. These old women are dreaming of unattainable – of motherhood. One of the old women never had any children, the second – lost her newborn baby many years ago. And the abortion through the ritualistic suicide of the young pregnant woman reveals the most morbid corners of the souls of the old women, who were deprived of motherhood. Continue reading

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Online Mari-English Dictionary published

Mari-English DictionaryThe University of Vienna’s Mari-English dictionary was publicly unveiled in Yoshkar-Ola earlier today. The dictionary, found at dict.mari-language.com, is now freely accessible over the Internet.

With 42,561 headwords and 82,742 subentries and example sentences, including some 10,749 set phrases, this dictionary constitutes by far the largest effort to date to link a Finno-Ugric minority language of Russia with English. In fact, we know of no English-language resource on any minority language Continue reading

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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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