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Mari village Shorunzha selected as next Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture

SU_pealinna-2019_valim_21On April 8, the winner of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2019 competition was announced in Obinitsa (Setomaa, Estonia) during the 2nd Forum of Finno-Ugric Villages. The next Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture will be Shorunzha village from Mari El Republic of the Russian Federation. The other two finalists of the competition were Arkhangelskoye village from Komi-Permyak Okrug of Perm Krai (Russian Federation) and the town of Zirc from Hungary. Continue reading

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Russian Authorities Threaten to Take Away Teacher’s Children Over Hunger Strike

Yekaterina_SokolovaRussian municipal authorities have reportedly threatened to take away a local art school teacher’s children after she protested against low pay.

Yoshkar-Ola art school teacher Yekaterina Sokolova went on a hunger strike in mid-March after her salary was cut by more than half, from 27,000 rubles to 15,000 rubles ($263), the local 7×7 news website reported. Continue reading

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The stairs on which I step

Anna_Mishina&Kristi_MuhlingAs part of the Kindred Peoples’ Day

on Monday, October 30th
18:00-
At the Tartu Literary House

“The stairs on which I step”
Concert presenting CD of Eastern Mari folk songs Continue reading

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Reading Hill Mari through Meadow Mari

Kuryk_mari_EngDear friends, colleagues, readers, and students, our second (of four) scheduled publications this year is now ready to be downloaded: “Reading Hill Mari through Meadow Mari”. This 400-page book introduces the second literary standard of Mari (used by less than 10% of Maris, but nonetheless the working language of a vibrant culture and literature) to students and scholars already acquainted with Meadow Mari, the dominant literary standard of Mari that is now quite accessible via various materials we have published on our website, omj.mari-language.com. Continue reading

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XIV Finno-Ugric Writers’ Congress

Kongress2017_LogoThe 14th Finno-Ugric Writers’ Congress will take place on 24-25 August 2017 in Tartu, at the Estonian National Museum.

The main topic of the congress is history and the way it is treated in Finno-Ugric literatures. In addition, current topics in these literatures will be discussed. The congress will include plenary sessions and working groups, to focus both on the main subject of the congress, and also on other questions considered important by the participants. The congress will end with a plenary session. Continue reading

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English-language Mari textbook published

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter almost a decade of work, and after having published a preliminary version of the first half in 2010, we are happy to announce the publication of a complete version of our Mari textbook Оҥай марий йылме: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Mari Language.

The finished book, covering 40 chapters on 771 pages, can be downloaded at omj.mari-language.com free of charge. Continue reading

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Leonid Markelov removed from his post as head of Mari El

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Alexander Evstifeev

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Alexander Evstifeev to head Mari El, who agreed, noting that it was a great honor for him.

“You, being the deputy envoy of the Volga Federal District, were also involved in this republic. Now a situation has arisen when the acting head of the republic has asked for another area of work. Leonid Igorevich [Markelov] has been in Mari El for 16 years and would like to change his place of work. In this regard, I have a question and a proposal: would you like to head the republic before the elections in September of this year, and depending on the results, take part in the election campaign?” Putin said. Continue reading

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