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Hill Mari wedding from matchmaking to post-wedding rutes

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Mountain Mari are a sub-ethnic group of the small Finno-Ugric Mari people. Most of the mountain Mari live on the land of their ancestors in the mountainous regions of the Republic of Mari El, located in the center of the European part of Russia. Many interesting and distinctive rituals have survived to this day in the traditional culture of this ancient people, one of which is marriage ceremony. Continue reading

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The Mari People’s Congress is fully controlled by the authorities since 2008

8_Vsemirnyj_sjezd_FU_narodovDue to the issues with the legitimate representatives of the Finno-Ugric peoples on the VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples and the issues raised by Erzan Inäzor Syreś Boläeń we publish fully addressing of Mari Vasli Nikolajev he made in Facebook group Finno-Ugric People Unite to draw attention to the issues of indigenous people in Russia, from whom the majority are Finno-Ugric peoples, writes WALDEF.

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Russia’s Ethnic Mari Voice Concerns Over Efforts To Restrict Traditional Worship

Mari_molenijaMembers of Russia’s Mari minority have voiced concern over what they see as efforts to restrict the practice of their ancient pagan religion, writes RFE/RL. Continue reading

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Alexey Yashmolkin “Melody”

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The musical composition is performed by teachers and students at the National Presidential School of Arts of the Republic of Mari El. Continue reading

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Mari Republic Centenary Calling Attention to Chaos

Confusion and Conflict 100 Years Ago


Anniversary celebrations are supposed to unite people, but the anniversaries of the creation of non-Russian republics now are having the opposite effect, not only highlighting tensions between non-Russian and Moscow officials but also between different subgroups of the titular nationalities. Continue reading

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Another Way to Wreck a National Movement in Russia:

Create an Official Double

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In some non-Russian republics, officials are trying to destroy the national movement by an open and direct attempt to declare it extremist and thus make illegal, but in others, they are using a more indirect approach by creating spoilers. Continue reading

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Kremlin’s Strategy for Non-Russians: Make Their Languages and Then Their Speakers Unnecessary

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Vasily Nikolayev, the founder and moving spirit behind the Estonia-based Mari language website MariUver, says that the greatest threat to his Finno-Ugric nation is not the direct attacks on its language by making its study voluntary but rather the ways in which Moscow works to make the Mari language “unnecessary” to its speakers. Continue reading

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Куку кайык (The Cuckoo)

kinopoisk.ruКуку кайык (The Cuckoo), 2015
Directed by Nadezhda Stepanova
24-year-old Muscovite animator, having learned about the situation of his girlfriend, signs in the Moscow registry office, but this procedure is not enough for the bride. She wants a real wedding. A young family goes to an ethnic village, to conduct a wedding in the traditions of multiculturalism. In an alien medium, the secrets of not only the people but also the secrets of his life companion are revealed, which entails a fatal accident. Continue reading

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TAGYNA PUSH (MAKING A DUGOUT BOAT)

Tagyna_pushThe film is in Mari language with English subtitles.
Dir. Alena Ivanova – 22’30 – Mari El, Russia
A documentary about making a canoe-type boat with wide thin boards using mechanical and thermal treatment. Continue reading

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My Road to Yumo

Film by Inessa Kuliazheva.

Source: Inessa Kuliazheva

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