In Yekaterinburg a shaman from Yamal is teaching how to make a bear claws
14:34 6 октября 2017
Категории: News in English
The 20th international tourist exhibition “Expotravel 2017” started its work in Yekaterinburg. It was organized by the company “ExpoCom”.
Yamal is participating in the event. A shaman and Yamal Iri (Grandfather Frost or Santa Claus of Yamal) are welcoming the guests on the exhibition stand of the region.
The head of the club of decorative and applied art from the center for national cultures of Tazovskiy district Stepan Yando in the shaman’s suit conducted a master-class. He showed how to make a wooden talisman in a form of a bear claw. In his words, men wear it on a belt on the backside. The amulet protects an owner, gives strength and other qualities of a bear. Besides, Stepan Yando showed how to make symbols of a traveler – buttons for a reindeer harness.
Visitors are willingly communicating and making pictures with Yamal Iri. As he tells to a correspondent of the news agency “Sever-Press”, he is preparing to the New Year’s holidays. Electronic and paper letters from children and grownups come to his residence. He tries to answer all of them, to prepare presents. Besides, he thinks over new games and riddles for children, as the magician of Yamal says.
An employee of the board of culture, youth policy and tourism at the administration of Tazovskiy district Stanislav Yar notes that ethnographic tourism is developed mainly in the district. Many travelers come to live in a nomadic camp in tundra. Also trips to the congress of reindeer herders in spring are very popular. The tourist company “Tourist” works in the district now; it has its own family community in tundra, where they welcome guests.
The head of the tourist and analytical office of the enterprise “Yamal-Tour” Maria Moreva in a national costume is communicating with visitors and inviting them to arrive to Yamal. In her conversation with journalists she tells that tourism in Yamal develops actively, especially its ethnographic direction. Every year the big number of guests comes to nomadic camps of reindeer herders in order to see their everyday life, traditions and culture. Yamal started active work with foreign tourists, this year groups from Australia arrived. According to her words, the tour “On the track of reindeer herders” to the nomadic camp “The land of hope” was organized for them. During 5 days the tourists were in tundra and completely immersed into life of nomadic peoples of the North. Also, besides the citizens from Australia, representatives of Switzerland, the USA and Germany arrived to Yamal. The tour to “The extreme continental point of Europe” is becoming popular among foreign tourists.
According to the information given in the department of youth policy and tourism of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, last year 119 thousand tourists visited Yamal. More than 3 thousand of them were foreigners. This year the stream of tourists did not decrease.