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26 April 2011

We will build it and gild it

We will build it and gild itIn Tuva, the collection of means to make a gilded statue of the Buddha continues. These days, a team of the famous group "Tyva Kyzy" has been preparing for a charity concert. The "daughters of Tuva" will be performing with the remarkable Tuvan-Austrian singer Saiyn-Khoo Namchylak.  Today, on 23 April, she has left for Kyzyl from Austria, where is her permanent residence.

-  It is not our first joint project, - Choduraa Tumat, the leader of  the group told the "Tuvinskaya Pravda"  correspondent.

-  We have the experience of performing together with her in the UNCOOL festival in 2007 in Switzerland. Her singing technique, is really without precedent, it is not in vain that she has been called "The magic voice of Tuva. She responded to our request very actively, and her pay will also go into the fund for building the statue.

Alexander Filatenko. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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26 April 2011

Competition of the strongest wrestlers of nomadic peoples of the world will take place in Tuva

Competition of the strongest wrestlers of nomadic peoples of the world will take place in Tuva International competition in national types of wrestling will take place in 2011 in the capital of Tuva. This decision was reached by sports authorities of Tuva and Mongolia, which is the main initiator of this competition, as announced by the first deputy of the minister of youth and sports affairs Radislav  Navazhal, who conducted the talks by assignment by the head of the republic Sholban Kara-ool.

 The Mongolians agreed with the Tuvan premier's proposal to annex this event with other activities of the main holiday of Tuva, the Day of the Republic, which will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the republic.

It is proposed to secure the participation of the strongest wrestlers from Mongolia, Inner Mongolia (China), Russian regions Altai, Buryatia, and Kalmykia in the competitions. It is also expected that athletes of the SNG countries, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia and others will come. Altogether 100 masters of  traditional single combat will participate.

Government of RT. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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26 April 2011

A collection of Zoya Samdan's of articles "Keepers of spiritual culture" was published

A collection of Zoya Samdan's  of articles "Keepers of spiritual culture" was publishedA new popular science publication  of Tuvan Institute of Humanitarian Studies (TIGI)

"Keepers of Spiritual culture", a collection of  articles by a candidate of philological sciences,  the chief scientific worker of the folklore section Zoya Samdan. The book has been published with the support of the Ministry of  education and studied of Republic Tyva. The chief editor is Doctor of philology K. A. Bicheldei, and the reviewer is Doctor of historical sciences M. B. Kenin-Lopsan.

The author offers a collection of articles to the readers' attention concerning the life and art of  the carriers and keepers of Tuvan spiritual culture - S. A. Saryg-ool, M. B. Kenin-Lopsan, A. K. Kalzan, Yu. L. Aranchyn, and O. K. Daryma, as well as of many experts in Tuvan folklore.

These portraits and thoughts on the ways of the preservation and development of  Tuvan spiritual culture were written during the past decade and published in various collections, journals and periodicals of the republic.

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26 April 2011

About Uriangkhai of the past

About Uriangkhai of the pastBooks are eternal. No Internet can ever compete with a product of the printing press - it is forever. For posterity. There is an  event that represents a milestone for Tuva, and for Turkologists of the entire country and of the world: a massive work of a collective of authors has just been published - Nikolai Katanov's "Sketches of the Uriangkhai country". It is a diary of Nikolai Fedorovich's travels "undertaken in 1889 on assignment by the Imperial Academy of Sciences and the Imperial Russian geographic Society" - an extremely interesting record about the ways of  life and existence of the ancestors of today's Tuvans. The notes were recorded daily during the exploration of the center of ASIA, FROM 13 March TO 3O August. And already one month after the end of the expedition, on 26 September, the manuscript was ready for publication.  But…

Marina Kenin-Lopsan, Tuvinskaya Pravda. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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23 April 2011

Tibetan experts will study Buddhist treasures of the Altai

Tibetan experts will study  Buddhist treasures of the AltaiSpecialists from Tibet are coming to Republic Altai to study  hidden Buddhist spiritual treasures, or terma of the earth, which were found there in 2002 in a cave.

On Sunday of 24 April they will research in Barnaul these cultic objects, which have been kept for all these years at the building of  the Ongudai district administration of Republic Altai, to identify them and to come to an expert opinion.

Among the objects found in the Ongudai district, beside the terma texts, are rosaries, a bell, two vajras (a sacred weapon of Hindu and Buddhist mythology), fabric for wrapping the book, with a buckle in a vajra form, and two figures of lions or celestial dogs.

These discovered treasures have a great scientific value and can help to study the spread of Buddhism in Gornyi Altai, as the ministry of tourism of Republic Altai believes.

Strana.Ru. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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21 April 2011

International Scientific-Practical Conference on «Modern Turcology: Development Trends and Current Challenges»

International Scientific-Practical Conference on «Modern Turcology: Development Trends and Current Challenges»Dear colleagues! International Scientific-Practical Conference on «Modern Turcology: Development Trends and Current Challenges» has been scheduled for May 17-18, 2011 at the Kazakh State Women’s Pedagogical University, organized in honor of the 20 th anniversary of the Republic of Kazakhstan and in memory of the 80th anniversary of the well-known scientist and turcologist, Doctor of philological science, Professor Abzhan Kuryshzhanuly. Conference Sessions include: General issues of Turcology, Runic scripts studies and history of Turkic languages, Issues of Turkic terminology, History and culture relations of the Turkic people: issues of Anthropology and Ethnography, Succession of the elements of world linguistic layout in the old Turkic and modern Turcology, Turcology teaching challenges and particular Turkic languages, Current challenges of modern Turkic languages and Literature.

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20 April 2011

Will Genghis-Khan's tomb open for amateurs?

Will Genghis-Khan's tomb open for amateurs?According to legend, Genghis-khan was buried in a place which he himself pointed out, on the slope of one of the peaks of the mountain massif  Burkhan-Khaldun - a sacred mountain of ancient Mongols. This mountain once save young Temujin's life, hiding him in its inaccessible thickets and crevices; he always came here before  portentous events for the support of the supreme deity of the Mongols, Eternal Blue Heaven, a deity living on mountain peaks, among holy springs. Three rivers originate here - Onon, Kerulen and Tuula.

"One day, hunting in these places, Genghis-Khan stopped to rest under the crown of a huge lone  tree.  Having spent some time there in a condition of  semi-forgetfulness, then he got up and said that he would like to be buried precisely there when he dies," - states the legend.

Pravda.ru. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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18 April 2011

Ancient Mongolian carpet on exhibit in Novosibirsk

Ancient Mongolian carpet on exhibit in NovosibirskNovosibirsk Akademgorodok archeologists put on exhibit for public viewing a carpet embroidered two thousand years ago. This carpet was found in 2009 in a kurgan of the nomadic empire of Hsiung-Nu  in the Noin-Ula mountains on the territory of Mongolia, 120 kilometers of Ulan-Bator. The fabric embroidered with human figures was lying at the bottom of the burial pit, which had been robbed already in the ancient times. Restoration of the artifact,  undertaken by restorers of the Moscow Kremlin museums took more than one year.

- The archeologists successfully recovered these masterpieces,  then in the shape of clumps of mud, from a depth of 10-12 meters. Things like that are not in the Louvre, nor in the Hermitage, - says the deputy director of Institute of Archeology and ethnography of SO RAN, academician Vyacheslav Molodin.

Baikal-Daily. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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17 April 2011

Tuva received the gold medal of the "Tursib" exhibition

Tuva received the gold medal of the "Tursib" exhibitionToday was the last day of the International exhibition of  tourist and recreational services and airlines, "Tursib-2011", which took place in MVD "Sibirskaya Yarmarka" in Novosibirsk. Among the multitude of Russian and  international participants, the Tuvan presentation booth was visibly different in its exotic appearance, at the very least to visitors who are used to relax on sandy beaches of foreign countries. A traditional Tuvan yurt, with interior furnishings, masters of the yurt wearing national attire and a shaman with a drum presented an inimitable image of Tuva. People approached, examined the yurt with interest, took photographs.

To top it off, the well-coordinated work of Tuvan tour operators did not leave the visitors indifferent.

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17 April 2011

Poachers - trappers remain the main menace to snow leopard in the Sayan mountains

Poachers - trappers remain the main menace to snow leopard in the Sayan mountainsConstant raids by the anti-poacher tam "Irbis" with the support of WWF  facilitated the removal of the menace to snow leopards in the southern part of the "Sayano-Shushenskiy" nature  sanctuary. The anti-poacher brigade "Irbis" is a joint group of inspectors from several neighboring specially protected territories of the southern Krasnoyarsk Krai,, Khakassia and Tuva. This group has been receiving permanent support by WWF  for the struggle with illegal hunting in snow leopard habitats for the past several years. A raid of the active group in February-March allowed the group to encompass the territory on the border of the "Sayano-Shushenskiy" nature sanctuary, the protected zone and adjacent areas of "Khan-Deer" area and preserve "Ubsunur depression" (Tuva).

WWF. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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16 April 2011

A special edition of "New research on Tuva" Journal about Tuvan ethno-musicology

A special edition of "New research on Tuva" Journal about Tuvan ethno-musicologyDear Friends! We are offering to your attention a new special edition of our journal "Tuvan ethno-musicology:  Landmarks of history and bibliography" (in Russian only), which was prepared by a member of our editorial board, Doctor of Culturology Valentina Suzukei. This work represents a short overview of the history of Tuvan musicology; how it became an independent and interesting sub-discipline of  Tuvinology. It is intended for musicologists, anthropologists and other scholars and scientists who study  Tuvan traditional culture, as well as for students and people who are interested  in Tuvan culture. The special edition can be found in our electronic library and it is available for download and study. We would welcome your feedback, response and information regarding our new publications, which would enrich our bibliographic file on the subject.

Board of Editors
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12 April 2011

85th birthday of Sevyan Vainshtein (1926-2008)

85th birthday of Sevyan Vainshtein (1926-2008)Today marks 85 years from the day of birth of the famous Russian ethnographer and tuvinologist Sevyan Vainshtein (1926 - 2008). He was born in Moscow in the family of professor of philosophy Izrail Yakovlevich Vainshtein, who was the head of a department of the Moscow Aviation Institute. According to his son's reminiscences, he was a romantic, who deeply believed in the ideals of the Revolution. He defended it as a member of the First Horse Army during the years of the Civil War. Sevyan Izrailevich's mother came to the Soviet Union from Riga. She was enthusiastic about the idea of building a new world, taught German language, and wrote poems.

Materials from "Letopisi Tuvy-2011". Translated by Heda Jindrak
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12 April 2011

Charity concert of Sainkhoo Namchylak and group "Tyva Kyzy"

Charity concert of Sainkhoo Namchylak and group "Tyva Kyzy" Charity concert of Sainkhoo Namchylak and group "Tyva Kyzy"On 30 April 2011 at the House of  National Art, a charity concert of Sainkhoo Namchylak and group "Tyva Kyzy" will take place. This concert is dedicated to the construction of a Buddha statue on Mt. Dogee. Our celebrated artists will perform throat-singing in various styles. Each artist will take up her own niche at the performance. Sainkhoo Namchylak performs throat-singing in her own way, the group "Tyva Kyzy" also have their own niche; they perform throat-singing in various traditional styles. There will also be the National artist of Russian Federation Nadezhda Kuular, Honored culture worker of Republic Tyva Opal Shuluu,  and Honored artist of Republic Tyva Shonchalai Oorzhak-Choodu.

Translated by Heda Jindrak
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11 April 2011

President of Russia ordered measures to be taken to give throat singers the right to early retirement

President of Russia ordered measures to be taken to give throat singers the right to early retirementSoon, throat-singers may be equal in their rights with ballet masters and opera singers.  On April 6 president of Russia Dmitri Medvedev confirmed the list of  directives after a meeting with  cultural workers on March 24, 2011. The document contains a significant point concerning Tuvan throat-singers. The ministry of health care and social development and the ministry of culture of Russian Federation were given the task to  review the matter of giving vocal artists - Tuvan throat-singers - the right to receive their pension early and to take appropriate measures. The deadline is 1 September 2011.

The question about the necessity of  early retirement for throat-singers was raised by a well-known throat singer,  Honored artist of Russia Kongar-ool Ondar during a meeting of the president with culture figures.

As a basis for the initiative, he explained to the head of  the country about the work of the vocal cords, respiratory system and the resonator system of Tuvan vocalists.

Government of RT. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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11 April 2011

Tuvan treasures of the Scythian era to be shown in Hungary

Tuvan treasures of the Scythian era to be shown in HungaryIn May of 2012, there will be an exhibition of the unique finds from the Scythian era burial, found in Tuva in 2001 by archeological expedition of the Hermitage, at the National Museum of Hungary, according to information of ITAR-TASS.

The agreement about exhibiting the Scythian gold from Center of Asia in Budapest was concluded by the Honorary Director of the Hungarian National Museum Fodor Istvan and the General Director Laszlo Csorba. Work has started in Kyzyl to prepare this export exhibition. Only a small proportion of the objects found in Tuvan kurgan Arzhaan-2 will be taken to Hungary. The Hungarians will see objects found in  Tuvan kurgan Arzhaan-2 - jewellery artifacts, chains and pendants made in the Scythian animal style, coins, dishes, weapons, knives, quiver for arrows and other belongings of the royal personages who lived in the 5th century before our era.

ITAR-TASS. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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