Yamal announced the contest for the title “Master of the folkloristic genre”. The award will be given to support and popularize folklore of indigenous peoples of the North in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Three titles of masters of Khanty, Nenets and Selkoup peoples are given annually.
Materials for participation in the contest should be sent to the department on affairs of indigenous ethnic minorities of the North in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug till the first of November. The title “Master of the folkloristic genre” will give special rights to its holders. They will be able to hold open and extracurricular activities in educational institutions and cultural institutions of the arctic region. According to the department on affairs of indigenous ethnic minorities of the North, the holder of the title will be able to participate in regional, all-Russian and international events for revival, preservation, development, support and popularization of folklore, culture and traditional way of life of indigenous peoples of the North residing in Yamal.
The sign of the title “Master of the folkloristic genre” has the image of a mythical bird. This sign was approved by the expert council of the Autonomous Okrug in the sphere of folklore of indigenous ethnic minorities with consideration of wishes of the Yamal public. In the worldview of peoples of the North the bird means connection of the human with the cosmos and the heavens. With the help of birds the chosen people communicated with gods and spirits. This is one of the important motifs of folklore of northern peoples that was used in folkloristic texts and dance art.