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11 Fabruary 2012

Khoomei is no fun - it is hard work

Khoomei is no fun - it is hard workInternational scientific center "Khoomei" of RT together with medical research institutes has, since 1995, paid special attention to the question of  pension benefits for professional khoomei performers during the past 10 years, together with the history and  music ethnography, in the context of shamanic culture and playing of traditional wind instruments, with the aim of preserving the phenomenon of national culture, as well as development of the traditional art as a component of social life of Tuvans. The result of  many years of research of study of both khoomei and its performers - khoomeizhi (throat singers) was a study at Roosevelt Hospital in New York (NY, USA). The head - Doctor of Medicine, director of the laboratory of voice, of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery department - professor Anat-Keidor, doctor of medicine Anthony John, author of this article, (informants  - Boris Kherlii, Ivan Saryglar in 1995, and Ayas Danzyryn). These observations revealed micro-hemorrhages on the mucosa of vocal cords.

Zoya Kyrgys, Tuvinskaya pravda. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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6 Fabruary 2012

Five zeroes - that is a normal age

Five zeroes - that is a normal ageIn 2011, archeologists found such artifacts in Siberia, that even the Hermitage and Louvre are envious. In 2011, scientists from Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of SO RAN worked all over  the world:

In Montenegro, Mongolia, Vietnam, in republics of Central Asia…but Siberia had more surprises for the scientists again. What was it, lying literally under our feet? 

Novosibirsk region is richer in artifacts than the entire Montenegro, especially Vengerskiy and Chanovskiy districts.  The vice-director of Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of SO RAN, Vyacheslav Molodin will tell us about one of the finds - a tiny metal figure, which literally radiates ancientness.

Sovetskaya Sibir. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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6 Fabruary 2012

What is the origin of Tuvan dragons?

What is the origin of Tuvan dragons? Questions have been arriving to our site, addressed to authors of articles. We are publishing professor Nikolai Abayev's answer to a reader's question generated after reading the article "The Year of the Tuvan Dragon is Here!" from 23 February 2012.

Question: We heard that the Supreme Shaman K. T. Topchun-ool ("Adyg-Eeren" association) recently found a Dragon statue near Por-Bazhyn, and that this Dragon also shows up on Tuvan Dragon tamgas? 

(tamga = tribe or clan brand, mark)

Answer:  In 2007, Tuvan newspaper "Efir" (No.17, pg. 3) really published a drawing of a Dragon statue, found near Por-Bazhyn (see Table No.1, No.3).

Board of Editors. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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1 Fabruary 2012

International conference «Cultural heritage of Northern Eurasia: problems and development prospects»

International conference  «Cultural heritage of Northern Eurasia:  problems and development prospects»The North -Eastern Federal University named after M.K.Ammosov (Yakutsk, Russia) is organizing a two-day (22-23 March, 2012) International scientific conference «Cultural heritage of Northern Eurasia: problems and development prospects», which will take place in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The event   with a view of actualization and preservation of a cultural heritage of the North-east of Russia will be a part of the International scientific actions «L.N. Gumilyov's Heritage and destinies of the peoples of Eurasia: history, present, prospects» dedicated to the 100 anniversary of Lev N. Gumilyov.
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23 January 2012

Documentary film "In search of Tengri" presented in Kazakhstan

Documentary film "In search of Tengri" presented in KazakhstanIn Almaty, presentation of documentary film of famous Kazakhstan director Rustem Abdrashov "In Search of Tengri" (Tengir Zharylkasyn) took place. Why this journey of a group of scientists, ethnographers, artists and journalists is based on Genghis Khan's route,  the origin of the idea, and what happened as a result - journalists present at the press-showing received the answers to these questions during 2.5 hours of the film. The main sponsor of the expedition since the planning stage in June 2011 is the media firm "Alash Media Group". Information support was provided by channel STV, Seventh Channel, radio station TengriFM, and newspaper "Alash Ainasy".  A journalist from Tengrinews.kz joined the scientific-artistic collective of  turkologist Napil Bazylkhan, turkologist-arabologist Robert Ermes; artist-restorer Krym Altynbekov, film director and cinematographer Sabit Kurmanbekov, musician-ethnographer, kobyz-player Erlan Sabitov, dombra player Abulkhair Abdrash; rock-singer Asem, photographer Rustem Rakhimjan and others.  From that moment, light was thrown on every step of the expedition for 15 days of travel.

Tengrinews. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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23 January 2012

The Year of the Tuvan Dragon is Here!

The Year of the Tuvan Dragon is Here!This Year of the Dragon has, de facto, started off in Tuva somewhat earlier before its usual calendar term, announcing its coming with an earthquake, which, as a matter of fact, did not cause serious injuries to the population; that is fully understandable, because ancient Uriangkhai can be considered the homeland of dragons. Professional astrologists warned that unpredictability, unexpectedness, and spontaneity of events are quite characteristic of this calendar-mythological personage, and mentioned his habit of showing up before the usual term, suddenly changing all the established rules and norms. There are many misconceptions in western astrology and mythology about the coming Year of the Dragon and its totemic protector spirit, Fire-Breathing Serpent-Dragon, which are very offensive to this totally noble, valiant and wise personage of Central Asian nomad folklore.

Nikolai Abayev. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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19 January 2012

Jubileum of The Eternal: 60 years since Nadia Rusheva's birth

Jubileum of The Eternal:  60 years since Nadia Rusheva's birthThis year on January 31, Nadia Rusheva would have turned 60. 

The vivid, active, promising life ended when the girl was only 17. She was born in 1952 in an artistic family. Her father Nikolai Konstantinovich Rushev (1918-1975) was a theatre artist. Her mother, Natalia Azhikmaa-Rusheva(born 1926) is one of the first Tuvan ballerinas. The family lived in Ulan-Bator at the time, as instructors on art duty. They gave the girl a Mongolian name - Naidan - which means "Eternally living" in translation. It turned out to be a prophetic name. in our days, Nadia Rusheva's art is known to practically any cultured person, in Russia and abroad. Taking a pencil in her hand, the girl rapidly and accurately produced a drawing on paper. There was an impression that invisible lines were already present, and the child was only following them. And the young artist never used an eraser. She produced one illustration once and forever. Each of these creations was a unique picture which showed a fairy-tale hero with astonishing precision.

Roza Sashnikova. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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16 January 2012

New monographs by Marina Mongush about Tuvans and religions in Tuva

New monographs by Marina Mongush about Tuvans and religions in TuvaNew monographs by Marina Mongush about Tuvans and religions in TuvaGerman publisher LAP Lambert Academic Publishing recently released two books by a Tuvan researcher, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Merited scientist of Republic Tuva, head scientific worker of Russian Institute of Culturology, and the head scientific worker of Tuvan Institute of Humanities Research of Government of republic Tuva, Marina Mongush. The title of the first monograph is "Vdali od svoikh, svoi sredi chuzhikh" (Away from your own, your own among strangers). It is dedicated to ethnic groups of Tuvans, who are currently living away from Republic Tuva. 

Chimiza Lamajaa. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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10 January 2012

Museum of the "Altai Princess" will open this year

Museum of the "Altai Princess" will open this yearAnokhin's National Museum, where the mummy of the famous "Altai princess" is kept, will open in 2012 in Gorno-Altaisk after complete reconstruction, as the Minister of Culture of the region, Vladimir Konchev, informed RIA Novosti. The mummy of  a woman was discovered by the expedition of Novosibirsk archeologist Natalia Polosmak in 1993 in a kurgan of Scythian era on Ukok plateau in Altai, near the border with Mongolia. This find, which has been dated to more than 2,500 years old, is considered to be one of the most significant archeological discoveries of recent times. Native Altaians consider the mummy to be their ancestor and call her "the Altai princess".

RIA Novosti. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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25 December 2011

Austrian publishers of works about shamanism visited Tuva

Austrian publishers of works about shamanism visited TuvaThe visitors from Austria stayed in the center of Asia for only five days, and they were saturated! Roswitha-Anna and Paul Uccusic, and Isolda Schmitt managed to do a lot in Tuva.

As old friends and acquaintances from 1993 noted, thanks to their visit they found out the news about people who became near and dear to them since the first memorable Tuvan-American scientific- practical seminar of scientists-shamanologists and shamans in that remote June 18 years ago…that is when the first brick was laid of the firm bridge from our republic to Europe for shamans and shamanologists.

Marina Kenin-Lopsan, Tuvinskaya pravda. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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24 December 2011

Exhibition "Treasures of Tuva" opened in Sankt-Peterburg

Exhibition "Treasures of Tuva" opened in Sankt-PeterburgAt the headquarters of Russian Geographic Society in Sankt-Peterburg,  the opening of exhibition "Treasures of Tuva" took place, dedicated to 90th anniversary of Tuvan People's republic. It was organized by Russian geographic Society and Institute of history of material culture of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Acting for Russian Geographic Society, the vice-president of the Society, head of department of regional economics and nature utilization, department of natural sciences, regional science, information, tourism and mathematical methods of Sankt-Peterburg State University of economy and finance, Vladimir Razumovskiy opened the exhibition.

The concept of the exhibition requires knowledge not only of relevant archeological projects on Tuvan territory, but of tradition of archeological research in this area as well.

Chimiza Lamajaa. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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22 December 2011

The first edition of Otto Maenchen-Helfen's book "Journey to Asiatic Tuva"

The first edition of Otto Maenchen-Helfen's book "Journey to Asiatic Tuva"Dear friends! Our electronic library has just increased by some unique material - the first edition of  the book by the first traveler in Tuva - Otto Maenchen-Helfen "Journey to Asiatic Tuva" (Berlin, 1931) in German language. As Marina Mongush writes about this work, this book, as well as D. Carruthers' book "Unknown Mongolia" (first volume - "Uriangkhai Krai") remain to this time the most demanded books about Tuva,  which were at one time published in the West (New research of Tuva. 2010, No. 2).

In M. V. Mongush's overview, there are these data: Austrian of German extraction O. Maenchen-Helfen was a sinologist by education. He studied at universities in many cities of Europe - including Vienna and Leipzig. 

Editorial Board
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19 December 2011

Khakass original

Khakass originalJudging by everything, Nikolai Fedorovich Katanov was a really exceptional personality. To this day, he is remembered by Khakass, Bashkir and Tatar people. For the first, he was the first Khakass scholar in history, for the second - he created the "Alphabet of Bashkir language", an as far as the third are concerned, his fundamental pedagogic work took place at Kazan University. There, in Kazan, he also participated for many years in the activities of Sobriety Association. Nikolai Fedorovich Katanov (childhood name - Pora) was born on 6 May 1862 in a steppe place Izyum (Uzyum), 17 km northeast of Askiz of Turakhov ulus (now Askiz district of Republic Khakassia)) on the left bank of Abakan river. His parents belonged to two main tribal subdivisions of  Khakass people: his father was a Sagai, and mother was Kachin. Fedor Semyonovich Katanov ( his Khakass name - Khyzyl Katanov), was a scribe for the ulus. No information was preserved about the mother.

Argumenty nedeli. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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17 December 2011

Yakut khomus unites the nations of the world

Yakut khomus unites the nations of the worldIn Yakuts, in an ordinary apartment building, there is a museum of world significance. It is the museum of the khomus - a national musical instrument of the Yakuts. Analogs of this instrument are known to many nations of the world - from Portugal to Papua New Guinea. But a museum of this instrument is only in Russian Yakutia. Correspondent of Pravda.ru visited the museum and talked with its leaders. The excursion for Pravda.ru was kindly led by Elizaveta Varlamova, the head of the scientific section of the museum and khomus-player - improviser. She warned us that the voyage through the world of khomus will be long.

Pravda.ru. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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16 December 2011

Tuvan shamans speaking in German

Tuvan shamans speaking in GermanLast Saturday, on 10 December, representatives of Foundation for Shamanic Studies in Europe, Roswitha and Paul Uccusic and translator Isolda Schmitt, arrived to the center of Asia. Even though it is the second time in Tuva for Isolda, it is the sixth time for the Uccusic spouses! True, this is the first time that they made the difficult journey from Vienna to Kyzyl in winter. The program for their visit is very saturated: to see their old friends, to visit with shamans, educators, and students. But the main thing is to tell about Mongush Kenin-Lopsan's book "Myths of Tuvan shamans", which was just published in German language thanks to involvement of these guests of the republic.

Marina Kenin-Lopsan. Translated by Heda Jindrak
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