The private history of indigenous people of Siberia
04.03.2018, 23:27
The private history of indigenous people of Siberia

The third lecture “Private history of Indigenous peoples of Siberia” was delivered today in the Museum of Human and Nature as a part of lecture course of Arzamas Academy in association with “Age-old Ugra” project and cinema forum “In Place” at the 16th film festival Spirit of Fire.

The event was attended by more than 80 hearers. Online stream was watched by more than 25.000 people.

Senior teacher of Historical Department of Moscow State University Dmitry Oparin told about research methods of private history and projects on preserving of family memorabilia.

“Our lecture is not about the culture of Ugra. It’s about the ways of creating the culture, preserving and developing it”, told to the audience Dmitry Oparin, introducing the discussion. “Today I am going to show you Russian and foreign projects dedicated to preserving family memories,

The scientist told about his experience in collecting family stories and legends, shared his thoughts, that can be transmitted to Khanty and any other ritual space – the spheres of personal reflection of any people.

"Family is the main broadcaster of the people’s culture. Ritual space consists of the family micro ritual traditions and each family designs it in their own way, based on their comprehension. Culture of indigenous peoples is particularly interesting. The memory of old settlements, ancestors and family micro traditions connect a person with the past, allow him to be involved not only in his family history, but also in ethnic culture," the lecturer said.

He drew the attention of the audience to the fact that it is necessary to record memories of their "old men", digitize old photos, because it is family history, legends and mythology that become part of national history.

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?".

Admission is free.