What is it the indigenous people keep silent about?
01.03.2018, 22:14
What is it the indigenous people keep silent about?

The series of lectures " Arzamas Academy " has started its work today in the capital of Ugra in the framework of the IDFF "Spirit of fire".

During 4 days the participants and guests of the film forum will learn a lot about the history and culture of the indigenous minorities of the region. "Arzamas Academy" is an educational website that tells about culture and history. Lectures are given by the best specialists in Russia on various topics. The lectures are quite broad and related to many different areas, eras and territories. All lectures are free and available on the website. We are glad that we were invited to the film festival "Spirit of fire". For us, it's a bit desperate and courageous to come here and tell people who already know about the culture of Ugra firsthand. Internally. We hope that you will not treat us strictly and you will discover a lot of new things..." - said the editor of the project Vyacheslav Rogozhnikov.

Educational project in the Museum of Nature and Human of Khanty-Mansiysk began on the 1st of March with a lecture "what are the aboriginal people silent about?" of leading researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology RAS (Department of the North and Siberia) Natalia Novikova.

She said that she had visited Ugra many times to collect field data: "I decided to talk about the culture of 'silence' because, on the one hand, this is the most important topic when we talk about aboriginal people, and on the other, it is the most difficult for me... When I went to the expedition, I saw that people here are able to talk silently. But how it happens, how they understand each other, how they can communicate with other people not only of their culture – it remains an open question for me...".

Natalia Novikova added that "word and silence" play a very important role in the culture of the indigenous peoples of the North.

"Silence is like permafrost. In connection with the climate warming, everyone is concerned that permafrost can melt and lead to great changes on earth. And while It’s still there, it holds the North, and the North holds the whole earth, " - said the lecturer.

In her opinion, silence is one of the same elements of culture, which is akin to permafrost. Learning about "silence" will help to discover the richness of aboriginal culture and establish a dialogue between them and other peoples who live side by side.

It will be remembered that the purpose of the project – not only to tell about the history and culture of Ugra, but also to interest people in the study of their roots, the history of the family and give specific skills of such study.

Director of the Center for Typology and Semiotics of Folklore of the Russian State University for Humanities, Professor of anthropology of RSUH Olga Khristoforova will tell about the culture, traditions and mythologies of Ob-Ugric people in the lecture "The world as you in the traditional culture of the Ob people" on the 2nd of March in the Museum of Man and Nature.

On the 3d of March in the Museum of Nature and Man will be a lecture "Private history of indigenous peoples of Siberia" given by senior lecturer Dmitry Oparin of the faculty of history of Lomonosov MSU. The lecture will focus on research methodology of private history and projects aimed at preserving family memory.

On the 4th of March at the Museum of Nature and Man, Alexey Kozlov, senior lecturer at the HSE Institute of linguistics, will tell about the beauty of the Ob-Ugric languages and their preservation in the lecture "Why do you need to preserve the Ob-Ugric languages and what has it to do with the beauty?".