The participants of the Reindeer Herder’s Day in Novy Port were not left without presents and prizes
15:52 18 апреля 2019
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The Reindeer Herder’s Day, a traditional holiday of tundra dwellers, was celebrated on a large scale in the settlement Novy Port. The race on reindeer sleighs, jumping over narty – nomadic sleds, contests of ethnic crafts, the master class for children — each participant of the holiday was able to find something interesting. The Reindeer Herder’s Day in the settlement has been held for the fourth time owing to the program of social investments “Native Towns” of Gazprom Neft.
The ethnic tradition in Novy Port was revived in 2016; earlier the holiday has not been celebrated for almost 30 years. It is important for the company to support social projects aimed at preservation of ethnic culture and traditions of indigenous peoples of the North.
The parade of the participants and the ceremony for the young reindeer herders on becoming sportspeople were the bright beginning of the holiday program. On this day the indigenous inhabitants of tundra competed in throwing of a tynzyan on a khorey – throwing of a rope-lasso on a three-meter wooden pole, mas-wrestling, jumping over narty – nomadic sleds, triple jump, ethnic wrestling. The winner of the competition in ethnic wrestling Vadim Khudi was awarded with a snowmobile “Buran”. This information was given to the news agency “Sever-Press” in “Gazpromneft-Yamal”.
The guests of the festival were able to see the whole beauty and uniqueness of Nenets culture. In creative contests the tundra dwellers presented ethnic costumes – men’s, women’s, children’s fur coats “yagushka” and “malitsa”, told about traditions that being carefully preserved in their families and passed on from generation to generation. Hostesses of choums cooked ethnic dishes, showed embellished women’s narty.
According to the tradition, the race of reindeer sleighs became the brightest event of the holiday. Nikolay Serotetto won the victory and the main prize — a snowmobile “Yamaha”. Also reindeer of a participant Anna Khudi were the fastest and the most obedient. The winner received the engine for a snowmobile “Buran” as a prize.
It should be noted that the Tyumen branch of “Gazpromneft-Snabzhenie” joined organizing of the holiday. The company assisted in delivery of prizes and prepared gifts for the youngest participants of the Reindeer Herder’s Day.
For the participants of the competitions “Gazpromneft-Yamal” prepared things necessary in everyday life – digital devices, home appliances, generators. The children received modern gadgets, bicycles and gyroscooters.
This year, the rich program of the holiday was supplemented with new interactive zones organized by Gazpromneft-Yamal. Ones, who wished, tried to assemble the large Jenga, played the huge darts. Volunteers from the office on servicing of Novoportovskoye field held the sweet and delicious master class on painting on gingerbreads for children.
Great interest among the guests of the festival was aroused with the workshop on bone carving art of the people’s master of Russia, a member of the Union of artists of Russia Viktor Yadne and his wife Inna Yadne, an artist, a craftswoman of bone and wood carving, a teacher. The creative couple arrived in Novy Port from Salekhard. But the craftspeople have special connection with the settlement – it is their small homeland, here they grew up, graduated from the boarding school.
The festive mood was created by performances of the famous singer from the regional center Ekaterina Salinder and creative collectives of the local House of culture.
In his welcoming speech, the director general of Gazpromneft-Yamal Aleksey Ovechkin said: “We consider it important to contribute to preservation of original culture of indigenous peoples of the North. The annual ethnic holiday – the Reindeer Herder’s Day is the brightest example, tundra dwellers and residents of the settlement Noviy Port love and wait for this holiday. Within program “Native Towns” the company provides comprehensive support to residents of Yamal, we see the real results of this cooperation. Activity of people is higher every year, they offer and implement important ideas. Thanks to this involvement of local residents in social projects, it is possible not only to preserve cultural heritage, but also to achieve systemic positive changes in their modern life”.
The head of Yamalskiy district Andrey Kugaievskiy congratulated his countrymen with the words: “The Reindeer Herder’s Day is one of the most favorite holidays of people in Yamal. Sportspeople prepare and train for the competition long before the holiday, and it takes them a lot of time and efforts. Sports competitions always attract attention of guests of the holiday. Watching the results of the participants, we can say with confidence that there are people that can develop ethnic sports. It is gratifying that together with Gazpromneft-Yamal we managed to revive celebration of the Reindeer Herder’s Day in Novy Port. The company always supports projects in the district that relate to preservation of unique culture of Nenets people, and celebration of Reindeer Herder’s Day in Novy Port is not an exception”.