Circling reindeer. Residents of Saint Petersburg will learn about the art of movement of nomads in the Arctic
14:20 18 марта 2019
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It is possible to visit the exhibition “Nomads of the Arctic: the art of movement” in the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) in Saint Petersburg during three months. According to the representational office of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Saint Petersburg, the exhibition presents unique household items of nomadic peoples of the North.
According to Vladimir Davydov, the head of the Museum Department of Ethnography of Siberia, uniqueness of the exhibition is in so that majority of the items, which will be shown, have not been exhibited before. Approximately 10% of them participated in exhibitions earlier. These are different items that represent culture of three nomadic communities: the Sami, the Nenets and the Chukchi. The museum will demonstrate models of narty – nomadic sledges, Sami kerezha (a sledge in the form of a boat), garments, footgear and special items made of reindeer antler for knocking snow out of clothes. There are 95 items.
According to the director of the Museum Andrey Golovnev, at the exhibition it is possible to see not only the exhibits of the XIX-XX centuries representing culture of three nomadic peoples, but also video materials made in arctic regions. It will allow visitors to experience life of nomads.
“If you raise your head at the exhibition, you will see the circling reindeer herd, you will find yourself in the middle of the nomadic space”, Andrey Golovnev said.
Also he conducted the presentation of the book “The Arctic: the atlas of nomadic technologies” within the opening ceremony of the exhibition. Work on the book was fulfilled during the latest five years.
“This is a guidebook how to be a nomad. We turned for experience to the brightest nomads of the Arctic — the Nenets, the Chukchi and the Sami in the company with the Izhma Komi people. The research was carried out on the territory of Yamal, Chukotka and the Kola Peninsula”, the director of the Museum said.