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Dear colleagues!

The Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is inviting you to take part in the international conference under the auspices of UNESCO and ICOM “Circumpolar Cultures in the Museums Worldwide: Past, Present and Future” to be held in Yakutsk on July 29-August 1, 2009.

Information letter


Language Policy Board attached to the President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Institute of Humanitarian Researches of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will hold a conference on the subject: “Problems of bilinguism (multilinguism) in the modern social and cultural environment” on 27, February. It is aimed at detailed discussion and analysis of the current state of bilinguism (multilinguism) and further consideration of problems in elaborating language policy in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The conference is dedicated to 375th anniversary of Yakutia’s joining Russia.

Presentation of “Kuyaar”

Presentation of “Kuyaar” – observatory of cultural diversity and education of the peoples of Sakha Republic; the presentation was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of M.K.Ammosov Yakutsk State University.

Date and time: 19, October, 2006. 5 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Place: Center of National Culture “Archy”, Yakutsk.

About Likhanova E.S.

On November, 2, 2006 there was a meeting with a well known both in our republic and abroad (E.S. Likhanova was shot in a feature film “Shaman” by French director Rene Sote in 1992) traditional healer 105-years-old Evdokia Semenovna Likhanova. The meeting took place in Center of National Culture “Archy”, Yakutsk.

A lot of people came to see and to listen to Evdokia Semenovna , among them were people who had come into contact with her before in different life situations. Evdokia Semenovna Likhanova was born in 1900, in Orto-Surt in Gorny ulus (district). She was the last, the thirteenth child, her elder brothers and sisters died at an early age.

The first anniversary of Oleneksky Evenks’ national district

On 11 October there took place a remarkable event in the life of polar Oleneksky district. This event is deeply rooted historically and ethnically. Archaeologists discover traces of an ancient man left in this place 35-12 thousand years ago. From the earliest times there have lived the Evenks – reindeer-breeders and hunters - in the vast expanses of this territory. The legend about Urun Khosuun - the Evenk epic hero - has been retained in the ancestors’ memory until now.

Joint communique

On the visit of Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the Russian Federation.

Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO invited by the President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) V.A. Shtyrov visited the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on 23-26 July 2006.

Traditional Even holiday “Evinek”

Traditional Even holiday “Evinek” was celebrated in June, 2006 in Yakutsk. The information is presented by Zoya Afanasjevna Stepanova - the head of the group “Merlenke” from Sebyan-Kjuol, Kobyasky ulus (district)

Film “By the will of Genghis Khan”

The first night of the performance of the well-known director A.S.Borisov took place at the Sakha theatre.

At the same time Andrei Borisov is shooting his first film “By the will of Genghis Khan” after the novel by Yakut writer N.A. Luginov. Actors from Tyva, Buryatia, Mongolia, China, and USA take part in this project.

Yhyakh Tuymaada – 2006

Yhyakh is a traditional holiday which sings the beginning of a new year, harmony of a human with nature with aspiration to the future. People’s dreams about peace, kindness and harmony are revealed at their most at Yhyakh. These good traditions are passed from generation to generation.

The 5th regional contest Nomadic Family – 2006

From 5th till 7th April, 2006, the ancient land of Uren Khosun was welcoming the participants and guests of the 5th regional contest Nomadic Family – 2006. The event’s organizers were the RS(Y) Presidential Family and Children Committee and the municipality of Olenyek Evenk National Region.

The International Seminar Intercultural Dialogue through Education

From 23rd till 25th February, 2006, in the old Northern town Verkhoyansk was hosting the International Seminar Intercultural Dialogue through Education. It was organized by the Department of Education, European Council, with leaders of educational institutions, teachers from institutes and universities, scientists and teachers of secondary schools from the Russian Federation and the RS(Y) as well.

Art exhibition The World of Sakha

The art exhibition The World of Sakha in the museum of archeology and ethnography of the Sakha State University, which was held from 16th December, 2005 till 24th March, 2006 was of a great social response in the republic.

University professors’ lectures were held within the limits of the exhibition as well as meetings with Yakut artists, poets, craftspeople and with Olonkho performers.

Grand opening of a new building of the RS(Y) National Art Museum

According to the decree of the RS(Y) President, Shtyrov V.A. a grand opening of a new building of the RS(Y) National Art Museum was held on 23rd November, 2005.

This book is dedicated to the Arctic year


Yukagir poet

The mother's face

"You don't have a photo of your mamma," -

my friend said to me one day.

"Look around, — I answered with a smile,—

Look at hills and look at lakes.

Here lie my native wrinkled plains —

They are my mother's face!

Along the hills streams run, as if blood in veins

They're the veins in my mother's hands!

Grassy eyelashes of calm lakes

Are my mother's tender gaze!

And a white wall of moss

Is the grey hair of my mother!

— You are mistaken, my dear friend,

That is my mother's photo! — I said.

Look, my friends, look at, please,

How beautiful my mother is!


Evenki poet

The white cranes' dance

Nature is the Miracles' mother

In the taiga time flies quickly.

If your give heart to her at once

You' re undestand the taiga's secret

The dense taiga is a friend

To men, who have lived here a long time,

But only the rare man

Can see the white cranes' dance.

The legend tells of an ancient truth:

He, why's the most brave and sharp-sighted,

Who can pass all the taiga — few

Can see this white cranes' dancing

I didn't spare myself. I tired,

I' ve learned all habits of the beasts.

I traveled over all the taiga

From childhood rubbed my feet.

I'm wandering on the hunter's path —

Wait and believe in this myth:

When the white cranes will start their dance,

The sacred dance before me?

But only my verses fly,

Like a cranes' wedge along sky,

They are flying to my native house.

They are my fate, my heart's need,

As if the white cranes — indeed

They're whirling in an ancient waltz.


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