Kunstkamera is acquainting guests of SPIEF with culture of nomadic peoples of the Arctic
16:22 6 июня 2019
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The Russia’s oldest museum – the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Saint Petersburg (Kunstkamera) celebrating the 305th anniversary this year will present the exhibition for guests of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. The exhibition will demonstrate the results of long-term expeditions on study of nomadic peoples of the Arctic. The participants of the forum will get acquaint with items of everyday life and cult of nomads, their clothes and housing.
“The exhibition became the result of the joint five-year project with the Russian Science Foundation on expeditions to the Kola Peninsula, Yamal and Chukotka, in order to compare different schools of nomadic travelling. The big book “The Arctic – the atlas of nomadic technologies” became the result of the expeditions. But, as the project was completed with high results, it was decided to transform them also into the exhibition”. The information was given to TASS by the director of the museum Andrey Golovnev.
According to him, Kunstkamera presented such exposition this year for the first time; the bigger part of the items was not exhibited earlier. Only 10 percent of the items being presented were exhibited before. 95 rare items from funds of the museum, which are supplemented with multimedia materials collected within the scientific expeditions, will be shown to guests of the forum. This is a set of items being used in everyday life of nomads, which, according to the director of the museum, is minimalistic: the participants of the SPIEF will see models of “narty” (a nomadic sleigh), which was used by nomads more than 100 years ago, clothes, figurines of tundra gods.
“These are sculptures carved of wood, bone, more rarely of stone. Big mythology is behind them”, as the director of Kunstkamera told.
As it should be noted, 5 scientists, including specialists from Ural Academy of Architecture and Ural institute of history and archeology, participated in the field expeditions. According to Golovnev, the scientists followed nomads “literally upon their heels” and in different ways registered the route of movement of northern peoples: made maps, photographed and took video materials of the surrounding environment.