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8 October 2010

The Ancestors are Calling Collect

There are few musical cultures left on the planet that take us to a deeply primal place and even some of those cultures, mainly hailing from indigenous people have been swallowed up by electronic music or turned into popular culture in the form of world music. But for any of you who have listened to an a cappella Saami yoik, a traditional Navajo chant, Aboriginal didgeridoo, Tibetan nomadic music, or Tuvan throat-singing have experienced that deep primal place. Your root chakra opens. Shamanism and music were wedded to each other hundreds of thousands of years ago. The first flutes, drums, harps, etc were put to shamanic use, as were many of the early singing traditions. These shamans knew about the power and intent of sound and put it to good use either healing others in some way or put it to bad use through sorcery to trip up an adversary. But even without any prior knowledge of shamanism or ancient musical practices, a music listener can experience their rootedness to the natural world listening to primal music. This certainly proves true with the Tuvan quartet Huun Huur Tu’s latest recording, Ancestors Call.
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7 October 2010

An audience with the president of Tuvan shamans

An audience with the president of Tuvan shamans When we went to Tuva on a business trip, we never even suspected that we would have an audience with the president of Tuvan shamans. For that reason, we were totally unprepared for such a meeting. Personally, I know absolutely nothing about shamanism, and even more so, I have no idea how to behave during an interview with a representative of this culture. The President for life of Tuvan shamans, Mongush Kenin-Lopsan lives in Kyzyl, in a small one-story wood cabin. He is already 85(!) years old. The little room where he receives visitors holds many shelves with books, and strange incomprehensible pictures hang on the walls. Most of the books were written by Mongush Borakhovich himself. They contain myths and shamanic lyrical poetry. They have been published several times in America and in Europe.

KP. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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7 October 2010

The Tuvan State University has celebrated its 15th anniversary

The Tuvan State University has celebrated its 15th anniversary The Tuvan State University has celebrated its 15th anniversary. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the Pedagogical Avenue of the University was opened, and a ceremonial assembly of the collective was held. Also on October 5, the Museum of History and Material Culture of Nomadic Peoples of TyvGU was opened. It is located in one of the suites of the Department of History building of the university. Currently, five glass cases of archeological specimens, as well as ethnographic materials and photographs are on exhibit. Many of the specimens have been collected by the professors and students of the university during various expeditions. In addition, two yurts have been erected in the courtyard of the History building. One of them is Mongolian, from the time of Genghis Khan; the other is a traditional Tuvan yurt with household objects and utensils. The management of TyvGU and the senior professors became the first visitors to the museum.

Sayana Oorzhak. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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5 October 2010

The 65th Anniversary of the TIRH: A Celebratory Ceremony

The 65th Anniversary of the TIRH: A Celebratory Ceremony On October 1, 2010 in the Tuvan Institute for Research in the Humanities under the Government of the Republic of Tuva a celebrated ceremony took place. It was dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the TIRH and was organized with the participation of representatives of the authorities, scientific and educational communities of the Republic. The partakers recalled the landmarks of the history of the Institute and rendered the tribute to the memory of the scientists, presented reports, honoured the veterans, and awarded the staff members. The director of the TIRH Kaadyr-ool Bicheldei delivered the main report “The Tuvan Institute for Research in the Humanities for 65 Years: History, Problems and Development Prospects”. Doctor of Science (in the field of history), main scientific fellow of the History Sector of the TIRH Nikolay Mollerov was conferred with the title of the Honoured Science Worker of the Republic of Tuva according to the edict of the Head of the Government of the RT Sholban Kara-oola. A memorial plaque in honour of the first director of the Tuvan Institute for Scientific Research in Language, Literature and History (TISRLLH) Leonid Chadamba was unveiled in the alley at the same day.

Liudmila Mizhit,
academic secretary of the TIRH
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5 October 2010

Kazakhs striving to prove Genghis Khan descent

Kazakhs striving to prove Genghis Khan descent Thousands of Kazakhs are competing to prove their descent from feared warlord Genghis Khan, as a revival in Kazakh nationalism brings renewed prestige to the country's former aristocracy. In the last three years, more than 300 Kazakhs have sent gene samples to be tested at a US lab and thousands of contenders lobbied to be included in last year’s book Chingizids, which detailed Genghis’s Kazakh heirs. Arman Ahmuhanov, a 39-year-old horse trader from Almaty, recently sent a sample to FamilytreeDNA, a company in Houston, after being encouraged to do so by Chingizids’ author Gizat Tabuldin.
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1 October 2010

Sergei Shoigu: To me, Tuva is a necklace of pearls

Sergei Shoigu: To me, Tuva is a necklace of pearls The co-chairman of the highest council of the “United Russia” party, the head of Ministry of emergencies of RF, Sergei Shoigu has become a laureate of the State Prize of Republic Tuva. Yet another prize has been added to Sergei Shoigu’s many awards – he has become a laureate of the State Prize of Republic Tuva for his great contribution to the development of his small native country. The award was presented on Monday, 27 September, by the head of the republic Sholban Kara-ool during a ceremonial presentation of the anthology “Uriangkhai. Tyva Depter.” (“Tuvan notebooks”), which took place in the building of the Theatre of Music and Drama, which just re-opened after a capital renovation.
Alexander Filatenko, “Tuvinskaya Pravda”. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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26 September 2010

Genghis Khan’s Pride

Genghis Khan’s Pride Yesterday, Eduard Ondar, an actor of the theatre of music and drama flew to Kazakhstan, where he was invited for casting of the next, this time Kazakh, film about Genghis Khan. Being a superstitious person, he did not say what kind of a film it is to be, or even who is filming it. “I don’t want to jinx it”, - he smiled. But his eyes were shining with fire and gave the actor away: he was going to Astana with hope. He will be trying out for both the main role and a secondary role in this historical film. - After being in the film of Yakut director Andrei Borisov “By the Will of Genghis Khaan”, I always willingly agree to any proposals to act in a film. Why? To stick my head again into the profession, and to hang out with real and permanent masters of their craft. It isn’t just a course in increasing one’s qualifications, but also a powerful charge of creative energy, thanks to which you stay in form and even transmit it to other colleagues.

Alexander Filatenko. Tuvinskaya Pravda. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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24 September 2010

Exhibition of hunting trophies opened in Tuvan National museum

Exhibition of hunting trophies opened in Tuvan National museum A grouse, singing in sunlight, a black bear, trophies won at international exhibitions, diplomas, petroglyphs, showing the most ancient human occupation – you can see all that at the exhibition of hunting trophies, which opened at the National museum on September 16. This date was not selected at random; on the eve of the republican holiday of animal herdsmen, hunting trophies can show like nothing else how the herdsmen live here in the old ways just like many centuries ago. At the opening, the Chairman of the Government of Republic Tyva, Sholban Kara-ool, said: “Today we have the opportunity to see what hunting means to the people of international Tuva. We are proud of our endless expanse of space, that we have almost 16 thousand hectares of hunting areas. This means that we have a wide scope to occupy ourselves, together with many other activities, with this truly manly sport. Today, at this exhibition, multiple winners of competitions of Russia are present, which are held among those who own many hunting trophies. This fact yet again confirms not just our resources, but it also bears witness to the attractiveness of Tuva as a region which has a tremendous tourist potential.
Tuvpravda.ru. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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22 September 2010

A New Publication on Regional Diversity of Russia

A New Publication on Regional Diversity of Russia The materials of International Scientific and Practical Conference “Regions for Sustainable Development: Education and Culture of Nations of the Russian Federation” (Novosibirsk, March 25–27, 2010) were issued in a substantive volume of 1144 pages in Novosibirsk. Some members of our magazine’s editorial board (Chimiza Lamazhaa and Marianna Kharunova) participated in this conference. They took part in a panel discussion “Sociocultural Neotraditionalism and Sustainable Development of Russian Regions”. Some of the articles from this “round table” have already been published in our magazine (No 2–3 2010). In this collected volume all articles by the participants of the conference were published. As the compilers note, the publication is aimed at contribution to the process of population’s raising awareness on cultural diversity of Russia and the role of “cornerstone” that the segment of culture plays in the UNESCO international decade “Education for Sustainable Development” (2005–2014). The volume was printed in 500 copies.

Chimiza Lamazhaa
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21 September 2010

Title VIII National Research Competition Research on the Indigenous Peoples of Russia

Title VIII National Research Competition Research on the Indigenous Peoples of Russia The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) is pleased to announce, as part of its National Research Competition, the availability of funds for summer research proposals on the indigenous peoples of Russia. This fellowship supports collaboration of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students at universities in the United States with demonstrated experience in scholarship and/or outreach with indigenous communities and populations. Such scholars and students will conduct research at the Gorno-Altaisk State University (GASU) in the Altai Republic in Russia, a leading Russian university for the support of research on the indigenous peoples of Russia. Research may be conducted at other Russian universities, but only if the proposal demonstrates clear and established contacts for placement at the Russian university. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Projects involving the participation of Native American graduate students are particularly encouraged.

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20 September 2010

To the 65th Anniversary of the Tuvan Institute for Research in the Humanities

To the 65th Anniversary of the Tuvan Institute for Research in the Humanities During these days the 

Tuvan Institute for Research in the Humanities is preparing for its 65th anniversary celebration. On October 1, 1945 the Tuvan Research Studies Institute of Language, Literature and History (TRSILLH — presently the TIRH) was established on the basis of the Scientific Committee of the Tuvan People’s Republic. On October 1, 2010 a solemn meeting will take place in the TIRH. It will be dedicated to the anniversary of the institute. Its veterans will be honoured. In the newspapers of the TIRH — “Ertem sozu” and “Slovo Plus” — some memoirs and materials on the history of the institute are being published. They have started the preparation for the opening of memorial plaque devoted to the first director of the institute Leonid Borandaevich Chadamba who was a prominent socio-political figure of Tuva. He was the head of the institute in 1945–1951.

Marianna Kharunova. Тranslated by Boris Gaydin
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19 September 2010

Will shamans save the world?

Will shamans save the world? Every year, for one week, shamans from various regions of Russia and from other countries gather in Irkutsk region, which borders on Tuva, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Yakutia, Chita and Buryatia. They perform the most powerful of all existing rituals. And the goal is nothing more or less than to save the world! A correspondent of “Vesti” visited the convention this year…The place where the shamans meet is the Olkhon Island in the middle of Lake Baikal. This lake is called “the heart of Siberia”. According to legend, it was here where, long ago, the god of Heaven, Tengri, through his oldest and strongest son Khan Khute-Baabai, divulged the mysteries of shamanism to people.  He chose the sacred Olkhon cape Burkhan as his dwelling place, tamed three eagles, and they carried the mystical knowledge to humans.

VES.LV. Тranslated by Heda Jindrak
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18 September 2010

The 7th Congress of Russian Eastern studies scholars took place near Moscow

The 7th Congress of Russian Eastern studies scholars took place near Moscow The 7th Congress of Eastern Studies scholars of Russia took place from 13th to 16th September in the “Zvenigorodskiy” pension of the Russian Academy of Sciences near Moscow. The leading Russian scholars involved in eastern Studies were invited. About 150 of esteemed guests and also participants who sent in their theses gathered. Tuvinology was represented by Doctor of culturology, chief scientific worker of TIGI of government of RT, Valentina Suzukei, and by Candidate of philosophical studies, the editor-in-chief of the “New Research of Tuva” scholarly journal, Chimiza Lamazhaa. During sectional meetings, various relevant matters of Eastern Studies were discussed, including problems of development of Eastern Studies, teaching of this subject in the colleges and universities of the country, the conditions in regional centers of Russia and countries of SNG, as well as special research problems of various subdivisions of Eastern studies.

Chimiza Lamazhaa. Тranslated by Heda Jindrak
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17 September 2010

In his heart, every Tuvan is a shaman

In his heart, every Tuvan is a shaman During the “KAMWA-2010”  ethno-futuristic music festival, the Tuvan group Huun-Huur-Tu gave a performance which was astonishing with its authentic energetics. Our correspondents met with the members of the group – Radik Tyulyush and Aleksei Saryglar, and discussed ethnic music, national character, and shamanism. - Your group has become one of the most famous Russian groups in the West.  How would you explain the reason for your success? - Radik Tyulyush: If you consider the West, the musical tendencies there have long followed artificial directions. The instruments have become modernized. They left their roots. Then they became oversaturated, and the audiences started wanting to go back to nature. People want to understand their roots, and people showed up who became interested in places where civilization did not reach; the search for the forgotten started.  These seekers found it interesting to hear Tuvan melodies, our instruments, our language. They were surprised by our throat singing. For Western musicians, this was an untried experience.

Apelsin.ru. Тranslated by Heda Jindrak
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17 September 2010

The snow leopard eluded the scientists

The snow leopard eluded the scientists To capture an irbis and to mark him with a satellite collar – that was the task that the scientists from A.N. Severtsov Institute of problems of ecology and evolution of RAN (IPEE RAN) set themselves. The zoologists worked in the protected zone of the Mongun-Taiga part of the “Ubsunur depression” nature preserve from June to middle of August. Vyacheslav Rozhnov, the leader of the project, deputy director of IPEE RAN, shared his impressions with the staff of the Russian Geographic Society site. This expedition is the first step in the development of a large program for study of the irbis population in the south of Russia, - he said. This is the first time that field studies were conducted in this part of the Altai-Sayan region.

Natalia Bogdanovskaya. Tuvinskaya Pravda. Тranslated by Heda Jindrak
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