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Mini-Grant Competition Launched for Finno-Ugric Language Initiatives

image7URALIC Centre for Indigenous Peoples, on behalf of the project «SANA 2019: Civil Society Network for Preserving and Revitalising Indigenous Languages», is announcing a competition for mini-grants.

The competition is held with the objective to support new and original local initiatives for preserving and practicing indigenous Finno-Ugric languages in the Baltic Sea region. Continue reading

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New Civil Society Network Will Support Finno-Ugric Indigenous Language Activism

d9afae4fbb897673718d733f261afb90Civil society organisations of indigenous Finno-Ugric peoples from Russia, Estonia and Finland are among the first to join preparations for the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 that has been proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. Representatives of Finno-Ugric peoples from the Baltic Sea Region have established a civil society network for preserving and revitalizing indigenous Finno-Ugric languages, by proposing concrete steps for ensuring sustainability of these languages. Continue reading

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European linguists’ statement on behalf of Russia’s minority languages

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF RUSSIA’S MINORITY LANGUAGES

Pravo_na_jazyk_HelsinkiOn 19 June 2018, the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved a law that would make the study of all minority languages spoken in the territory of the country voluntary. The law is being discussed again in the Duma on 24 July, but still there is no evidence that this law will protect minority languages rather than weaken their situation. Continue reading

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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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