Russia preserves Finno-Ugric traditions!


Have you ever thought how many different peoples live in Russia? Today we’ll talk about peoples from Finno-Ugric group. Peoples from this group live in Hungary, Finland, Estonia and Russia. They live in very different parts of Russia: Kola Peninsula, Republic of Karelia, Komi Republic, Udmurt Republic, Mari El Republic, and Republic of Mordovia. Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and Komi-Permyak Okrug.

This interesting and beautiful documentary video is about Fifth World Finno-Ugric Congress in Siberian town Khanty-Mansiisk. This video was very interesting for us. Hope you find it’s interesting too.

For our readers who wants to know more:

The Fifth World Congress of Finno-Ugric peoples was opening yesterday in Khanty-Mansiysk to bring together President Dmitry Medvedev and his counterparts from Hungary, Finland and Estonia and more than 30 delegates from 11 countries to discuss preservation of original Finno-Ugric culture, traditions, language and alphabet. The participants in the forum will also choose the location for the headquarters of the International consultative committee of the Finno-Ugric peoples.

There are nearly 25 million people now living in the world who belong to the Finno-Ugric group. Hungarians, Finns, Estonians, Khantys, Komis and Mansis once occupied huge territories in Northern Eurasia and played a major role in the great migration of people. The Ugrys formed the backbone of the Huns’ military might and the Komis, Khantys and Mansys inhabited Western Siberia and the congress will underscore the inimitable cultural diversity of the Finno-Ugric peoples.
In Russia Finno-Ugrians account for nearly 3 million people and the government is fully aware of the responsibility it bears to preserve the indigenous culture and language. Most of Russia’s Finno-Ugrians live in 12 regions learning in their mother tongue, reading newspapers and magazines and watching their own television programs.

There will be an extensive cultural program of ethnic music, dance and folk arts offered to the participants in Khanty-Mansiisk.

Alexei Kunin, a local resident says Khantys once lived in wigwams made of birch bark. I spent my childhood living in such wigwams, watching people build them and then helping my dad, Alexei says. It’s cool in there in summer because the birch bark does not let in the sun and rain. Building such a wigwam is not easy, you’ve got to know the secrets, Alexey says.

The locals have prepared many nice surprises for the participants, including a visit to a children’s art center, an open air museum of local history and a palate-tickling menu of local dishes available at local restaurants…[Voice of Russia]

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Svet and Kyle

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