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12 July 2011

It Takes a Long Time to Tell a Tale…Part II.

It Takes a Long Time to Tell a Tale…Part II.-  Zoya Bairovna, the fundamental series "Monuments of Folklore of peoples of Siberia and Far East" has three Tuvan volumes . How did this immense work originate?

-  It is more accurate to say: not how, but who. Doctor of philological sciences, Professor Soktoyev started it all.

In 1983, Alexander Badmayevich moved from Buryatia to Novosibirsk, and be3came the organizer of the Siberian people's folklore section, the first director of Philology institute of the Siberian section of Russian Academy of Sciences. And he founded the series "Monuments of Folklore of peoples of Siberia and Far East"; the plan was for sixty volumes.

He was an amazing man, a scholar with tremendous creative energy. His human charm, like a magnet, drew people to him. He could get them to develop enthusiasm and interest in an idea.

Sayana Ondur, Center of Asia. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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8 July 2011

Huun-Huur-Tu: Music that unites hearts

Huun-Huur-Tu: Music that unites heartsOn 20 July in Ulan-Ude in Buryatia, there will be a performance by the prominent Tuvan group Huun-Huur-Tu at the Third international festival  "Voice of the Nomads". Baikal-Buryatia".

This group has been called the model of high taste and style, which is why the group became a world-scale star, firmly entrenched within the elite of World music of the planet.  "Novaya Buryatiya" presents an interview with Radik Tyulyush - soloist of the group, with which he has been working for six years.

Before that, Radik studied in Buryatia and was a member of various Tuvan ensembles, including "Tyva" and "Yat-Kha".

Anastasia Rozhkova, Novaya Buryatiya. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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6 July 2011

Celebrating 106 years since the birth of ethnographer Leonid Potapov

Celebrating 106 years since the birth of ethnographer Leonid PotapovToday marks 106 years from the birth of Leonid Potapov - Soviet ethnographer, doctor of history, professor, aureate of State(Stalin's) prize of USSR, Merited Scholar of RF, Merited scholar of Tuvinian ASSR. L. P. Potapov was a strong researcher of the history and culture of Altai, Shors, Khakass people, of Tuvans and some other people of South Siberia religious beliefs of non-Russian populations of South Siberia receive special attention in all his works.

He formulated the question about the relatively late origin of shamanism among people of South Siberia, evolving on the substrate of  ancient local nature cults and folk understanding of humans.

In the sphere of spiritual culture, Potapov turned a special attention to pre-Islamic beliefs of people of Central Asia.

Translated by Heda Jindrak
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5 July 2011

Ask the Wood to Sing…

Ask the Wood to Sing…To breathe penetrating, inimitable sound into an ordinary piece of wood.  To bring it to life. To turn it into an instrument that makes people laugh and cry, to feel empathy. This art - the art of making a musical instrument -  was transmitted to Aldar Tamdyn by his father - a musician and the first master of Chadan in making folk musical instruments.

Now both Aldar Tamdyn and his two sons are musicians and craftsmen.

In 1998 Aldar Tamdyn tried to make his first musical instrument. The knowledge received from his father did not disappoint him, his hands remembered, felt the wood, and the igil sounded.

And in 2008 minister of culture of Tuva Vyacheslav Dongak, who knew Aldar as a musician of the folk group "Chirgilchin", promised help in creating his own atelier for making Tuvan national instruments, and allocated 50 thousand rubles that became the starting capital  for the family firm of the Tamdyn family. They bought carpentry equipment, and within a year they registered as a private enterprise - OOO "Ovaa".  This year, OOO "Ovaa"  received a grant of 500 thousand rubles.

Olesya Subach. Tuvinskaya Pravda. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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4 July 2011

It takes a Long Time to Tell a Tale. Part I.

It takes a Long Time to Tell a Tale.  Part I.She is one of those who know what to do with their life and what to do in this life to fill it with meaning and content.

Literaturologist and folklorist Zoya Samdan is not a desk scholar. She has spent thirty-seven years collecting oral Tuvan folk art - tales and myths.

And Tuvan story-tellers, speaking in their native language and in Russian, have added their voices to members of other nations in the multi-volume series "Monuments of Folklore of Peoples of Siberia and Far East" - a huge project of Russian scholars from various republics that was begun in 1983 and continues to this day.

The epic connected with her work on two volumes of this series - "Tuvan folk tales" and "Myths, legends and traditions of Tuvans" - she considers a gift of fate.

And she is confident that this immense labor was not in vain; the folklore collected in the books of the series will be relevant forever.

Because it comes from the people and returns to them.

Sayana Ondur. Center of Asia. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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1 July 2011

First people of the Baikal

First people of the BaikalWhen did people first appear at lake Baikal? Regardless of the fact that the first camp sites on the lake shores date to 20-25 thousand years, scientists believe that people first came here no less than 300-400 thousand years ago, in the Middle Paleolithic era. Not all of the puzzles of the lake can be solved right now. It is possible that even older finds are hiding beneath its waters. And who knows, possibly one day our descendants will find even older evidence of human activity. Tagir Abdulov,  archeologist and science worker at the laboratory of paleoecology and human evolution of the History department of IGU, told us about Siberian "madonnas", the Kitoy and the Glazkov cultures at a lecture of   the Center for independent social research and humanitarian foundation "Baikal. The Third Millennium."  of the  Voskresnoye university of the Humanities.

VSP. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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1 July 2011

Medals for faithful and loving Tuvan couples

Medals for faithful and loving Tuvan couples Plenipotentiary representative office of Republic Tyva in Moscow is sending to Tuva a set of medals "For love and fidelity" of the Foundation  of Socio-cultural initiatives, headed by wife of  President of Russia, Svetlana Medvedeva,  to be given to50 Tuvan families during celebrations of the Day of the family, love and fidelity.

This Russian holiday originated thanks to Prince Petr of Murom and his wife Fevronia, who lived in 13th century and became models of spousal fidelity, mutual love and family happiness already during their lives. This family couple is worshipped by Orthodox Christians as protectors of the family and marriage.  According to legend, Petr and Fevronia died on the same day - 25 June (8 July in new style calendar) 1228. Their bodies, laid out in different places, miraculously appeared in a single coffin, which was considered a miracle. Petr and Fevronia were canonized at a church synod in 1547. Their remains are kept at the Trinity cathedral off the Holy Trinity monastery in Murom.

Chimiza Lamajaa. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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25 June 2011

The sounds of chatkhan

The sounds of chatkhan Long time ago, according to the legend, Khakass people did not know of throat-singing. When the Master of khai (throat-singing) - khai eezi found out, he came to teach the people. Huge, black, handsome, he met a Khakass at Iskharchyzy (near Kizlas), who was sleeping on the bank of Great Esi river.  When the sleeper woke up, he was so frightened at the sight of khai eezi, that he involuntarily exclaimed: "Tatai!" - a magical word, expressing revulsion. The Master of Khai was offended, did not say anything, went to the north and settled between the White and Black Iyus rivers. There he changed his anger into mercy and began to teach his art to the people. This became the homeland of all the famous Khakass khaiji, tellers of  heroic epics, stories and legends of the ancient hero warriors… 

Alexei Annenko. Gazeta Khakassia. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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22 June 2011

One thousand Buddhist books are coming to Tuva from Moscow

One thousand Buddhist books are coming to Tuva from MoscowOne thousand Buddhist books are coming to Tuva from MoscowPlenipotentiary office of  Republic Tyva in Moscow has sent books to Tuva, donated to Tuvan libraries and schools by the Save Tibet Foundation - almost a thousand of them. Among them are:  a collection of classical Buddhist texts "The Lotus Garden" ( editor PhD. M. Kozhevnikova,2010), for children of middle school age; S. Kuzmin's book "Hidden Tibet. History of independence and occupation" 2010), and booklets with Buddhist texts preparatory to the Russian teachings of His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV in December 2011.

This is not the first present that the Foundation has given Tuva: last year  they have presented to young readers of the republic a "bioGraphical" novel by Japanese artist Tetsu Saiwai, devoted to the life and activities of His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV in the "manga" format.

Chimiza Lamajaa. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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20 June 2011

Not like everybody else. Part III

Not like everybody else. Part III-  Sainkho, if somebody addresses you as Lyudmila, will you respond?

-  Certainly not. I don't react to that name anymore. And the audience won't react either. If somebody hangs up a poster: Lyudmila Namtchylak, nobody will understand anything. 

-  Why did you pick precisely this name as your stage pseudonym?

-   A woman of that name used to live in Kyzyl - Sainkho Darzhayevna Dorzhu. She was a dancer, and later, after she retired, she worked in the Union of Theatre artists.  Charming, kind, woman. I liked both her and the combination of the sounds of her rare name.

And when it became necessary to have a mysterious, exotic-sounding name which would reflect what I was doing on the stage, that is what I chose.  The process of getting used to my new name began in 1986: in Krasnodar,  they  gave me the certificate already  as Sainkho. 

Nadezhda Antufieva Center of Asia. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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16 June 2011

How does the snow leopard live in South Siberian mountains?

How does the snow leopard live in South Siberian mountains?The next stage of complex field research of the Program of study and monitoring of irbis (snow leopard) of South Siberia (Program "Irbis") has been finished.  As DV-ROSS was informed by Natalia Remennikova, employee of A. N. Severtsov Institute of problems of ecology and evolution of RAN, this work took place from 25 April to 24 May 2011  on the territory of State natural biospheric preserve "Sayano-Shushenskiy".

Together with workers of the preserve, the previously installed photo-traps were  checked. From  25 April  to 16 May, they documented a snow leopard named "Mongol" by the scientists, who received a satellite collar in March. The irbis was actively marking his territory and exhibited typical behavior of an adult snow leopard male., which is  easily seen on the photographs.

DV-ROSS. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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13 June 2011

Not like everybody else. Part II

Not like everybody else.  Part II-  Sainkho, what is your main character trait?

-  Curiosity.

-  And being non-standard?

-  Being non-standard is more of a result.

In the West, probably, it is less conspicuous, because people are more tolerant.  To behave extravagantly or to look different from the others is not such a very noticeable thing. Artists and singers are perceived as people of a different world, and society accepts their out of the ordinary characteristics calmly.

-  Did it take a great inner effort to shave your head?

-  No. I was 43 at the time. My management was in Milan, and Milan is the Italian Mecca of fashion.  And they would design new clothing for me for every new album. And for one of the albums, they found a long cashmere dress, form-fitting, with bare shoulders. And something like a shawl that I could wrap myself in.

Nadezhda Antufieva, Center of Asia. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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9 June 2011

Not like everybody else. Part 1

Not like everybody else.  Part 1She had two names. Only one remained - a mysterious one.

She herself is a mystery.

Avant-garde.  Intriguing. Non-standard. Not subject to aging.

Improviser and experimenter, constantly surprising others and able to surprise herself.

Sainkho Namtchylak, who sings in voices of winds and hurricanes, stars and birds. She makes drawings with tea and coffee. She writes poems without punctuation and without rhyme - by a stream of consciousness.

Having conquered world fame, she for a long time remained misunderstood and unrecognized in her own native country - in Tuva. And it made her suffer. Even mysteries can suffer.

Nadezhda Antufieva, Center of Asia. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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7 June 2011

Tuva-Seminar at the University of Bonn, Germany, in honour of Sevyan I. Vainshtein

Tuva-Seminar at the University of Bonn, Germany, in honour of Sevyan I. Vainshtein Although planned for April 12, it was on a sunny and warm evening of May 10 in Bonn, the former capital city of West Germany on the river Rhine, that the renowned University of  Bonn through its Institute for Oriental and Asian Sciences, Department for Mongolistic and Tibetan Studies, had invited both its staff and students for an evening entirely dedicated to Tuva and its culture.

Alouette Verlag’s editor and publisher of the German edition of Sevyan Vainshtein’s famous book “Mysterious Tuva – Expeditions into the Heart of Asia” (with a DVD featuring the German version of Leonid Kruglov’s documentary “Sewn Arrows”) had been asked to introduce the author and his book to the assembled academic staff (see photo) and students.

Jürgen Boden
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2 June 2011

Tuvan theatre reminded Turks about brotherhood

Tuvan theatre reminded Turks about brotherhoodOn 1 June, during the 10th International theatre festival of Turkic nations "Nauruz", actors of  V. Kok-ool Theater of music and drama presented their show "Kultegin", based on E. Mizhit's play, on the stage of K. Tinchurin Tatar theatre of comedy and drama. The hall was packed. The show went on in one breath, in the opinion  of both the actors and the audience, with exciting emotional acting of the performers, who put all 100% into it. The festival's experts, in judging the play, especially noted the expressive acting of Oleg Sat and Stanislav Iril, and the feminine acting of actress Aizana Chylbak-ool. The director-producer of the play Alexei Oorzhak played  the role of Alp Eletmish.  The specialists called the show "virile" and Tuvan theatre in general special. The main theme of "Kultegin", as the theme of brotherhood of Turkic nations, turned out to be very much in harmony with the idea of festival "Nauruz".

Saidana Khertek. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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