The territory of today’s Tuva has survived many bright historical epochs, many changes of civilizations. In the present day traditional understanding, Tuva is a country of nomads. However, it has not always been inhabited by nomadic tribes. A long time ago, a settled, and by all appearances quite well developed civilization thrived here. This civilization left an inheritance to the descendants – a grandiose system of irrigation canals, which covers the entire Tuva with the network of its veins. Millennia ago, people who lived here were settled agriculturalists. The scale of the work and the skill with which these canals were constructed inspired Tuvan geologist Tatiana Prudnikova to undertake the study of this magnificent phenomenon.
“God of fire, give us happiness, please, fire, give us happiness and prosperity in the yurt…” – the rhythmically bewitching voice of a St. Petersburg actress sounds throughout the conference auditorium of the National Museum. On the screen is a photograph of the shamaness in ecstasy of the “kamlanie”. When on the background of the sound of her drumming, an image of Tuvan steppe materializes through the flames of the fire, it seem that you, the spectator, are also departing on a journey about which the intermediary is chanting: We will swim over the river that is forbidden to cross, we will force the pass which it is forbidden to ascend”. This is the first time that the algyshes of Tuvan shamans sound in Russian language in this hall. The first time that a photograph, thanks to elegant montage is transformed into a video film, which starts with the text: “In our huge Russia, there is an extremely mysterious and beautiful country. Its mighty mountain ridges with eternal snow touch the heavens. Between the ice and the deserts tower the mountains, covered in virginal forests.”
Dear Friends, The Editorial Board of the electronic journal The New Research of Tuva welcomes you to the journal’s English-language website. The New Research of Tuva presents the current state of Tuvan studies — a branch of the humanities that investigates the history and culture of the Republic of Tuva (Russia). Our contributors are among the most widely recognized specialists in the field of Tuvan studies, both in Russia and abroad. The website came on-line in July 2009, and the first issue of the journal appeared at that time as well. As of September 2010, we have published seven issues of The New Research of Tuva, all of which are available in electronic format on the website. The journal and the website are supported by a grant from the Russian Scientific Fund for the Humanities. At this point, we can only offer English abstracts of articles written in Russian, but we hope to be able to offer more English-language content in the future. We hope you will find our journal and website useful, informative, and above all, entertaining. We welcome any comments you may have on the design of the website and contents of the journal. We look forward to hearing from you!
Today in the Aldan Maadyr National Museum of Tuva (i.e. the National Museum in the name of Sixty Heroes of Tuva) a round table on the theme of “Tuvan Wedding” took place. Nowadays traditions of Tuvan marriage ceremonies are being forgotten very quickly and scientists are concerned about this fact. Among participants of the panel discussion there were fellows of the Tuvan Institute for Humanitarian Researches under the Government of the Republic of Tuva, employees of the National Museum of Tuva, representatives of the Civil Registry Office, lecturers of Tuvan State University and journalists of local mass media. They arrived at a decision to publish information materials with explanations on how to conduct traditional Tuvan wedding ceremony in the proper manner.
Dear friends! We congratulate you on the occasion of September 1 — Day of Knowledge and we would like to bring to your attention the latest issue of our magazine. Its size is more than 300 pages (13 author's sheets). As usual you can read and print articles separately and the whole issue as well, including in PDF. In this issue you can find an interview with the rector of Tyva State University Sergey Ondar, a review on the proceeding of an international scientific conference that was dedicated to 80th anniversary of Tuvan written language and took place in Kyzyl in July 2010. Also you may consider some debatable articles on Tuvan scientists, research materials, reviews on books, and other creative works. We hope that this issue will be interesting and useful for you. We are waiting for new articles from you as well as your questions and suggestions!
Today it is 85 years since the first issue of Tuvan newspaper “The Shyn” (“The Truth” in Tuvan). On 31 August, 1925 it was printed called “Erkh choloot Tannu-Tuva” (“The Free Tuva” in Mongolian). The newspaper got its contemporary name in 1931. “The Shyn” played a significant role in the development of Tuva in the 20th century, e.g., in extirpation of illiteracy and then of semiliteracy of Tuvans, etc. They call “The Shyn” “the teacher of Tuvan people”. The newspaper has made a big contribution in the formation and development of literary form of the Tuvan language, national literature and periodical press.
Ancient stone walls. They surround mountains in Khakassia, transect promontories on the Baikal. People who built them have left so long ago, that the descendants remember neither the names of the tribes, nor the language the ancient architects spoke. Scientists do not know exactly to this day for what purpose these walls were built. There are 90 such "fortified towns" on the territory around lake Baikal, and in Khakassia, where they call them "sve", there are more than 50. Various hypotheses and versions about the time when they were built, and their functional purpose were discussed at the international scientific conference "Ancient cultures of Mongolia and Baikal Siberia".