Representatives of Yamal in the Ural Cultural Forum treated guests in a choum with Ivan Tea
14:57 8 июня 2019
Категории: News in English
The ethnic festival of peoples of Ural Federal Okrug took place on the 7th of June in Yekaterinburg within the section “Traditional culture and folk creativity”. Exhibition venues, fairs of craftspeople, performances of musical collectives took place in Sverdlovsk state regional House of folk creative art.
As all regions of the Federal Okrug, Yamal presented its exposition-exhibition. The big choum – dwelling of nomads, reindeer herders – became its basic element. According to the information given to a correspondent of the news agency “Sever-Press” by the director of the regional House of crafts Svetlana Zakharevitch, it was possible to enter the choum, to immerse oneself into traditional atmosphere, to sit at the table, to taste delicacies. Soloists and performers from Yamal representing indigenous ethnic minorities of the region – Nenets, Selkoup, Khanty and Komi-Zyryan peoples – were sitting near the choum, around “the bonfire of friendship”, which was imitating the real bonfire. The multimedia screen was set nearby. It demonstrated video-materials about Yamal. Art-works by craftspeople from Yamal were set in showcases. As usual, the exhibition of Yamal was very popular. Visitors, among who there were many children, entered the choum and took photographs.
Also the delegation, which included heads of departments of culture from subjects of Ural Federal Okrug and honored guests of the Ural Cultural Forum, visited stands of the regions. At the stand of Yamal they were welcomed by performers in ethnic clothes and treated with traditional delicacies. According to the tradition, the guests made their wishes and tied ribbons on “the sacred tree” and tasted fragrant tea of rosebay willowherb (in Russian – Ivan Tchay or Ivan Tea).
In addition, craftspeople of Ural region worked near exhibition stands. They told visitors about their art-works, conducted master-classes on art painting, creation of folk dolls, clay items. Employees of the regional House of crafts Alexander Sotruyev and Sergey Alyaba in turn demonstrated creation of masterpieces of Yamal bone-carving art.
The exhibition-fair of handmade items was organized on another venue. The regional House of crafts suggested souvenirs of ceramics and bone, toys and other works by craftspeople from Yamal to visitors.
Representatives of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug took active part in the business program of the Ural Cultural Forum – they visited plenary sessions, panel discussions and roundtables. Also the ensembles “Syra-Sev” and “Seetey Yamal” performed in the concert of professional creative collectives of regions included to Ural Federal Okrug “Ural Region is rich with talents”. (Photos can be found here: https://sever-press.ru/2019/06/07/jamalcy-na-uralskom-kulturnom-forume-ugoshhajut-gostej-v-chume-ivan-chaem/)