Taimyr to celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
© RIA Novosti. Alexander Liskin

Taimyr to celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Festivities will be held on the Taimyr Peninsula on August 1-17, the website of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Russia's Far East reported.

On August 1-4, exhibitions and themed screenings will present a glimpse of the traditions and customs of the indigenous peoples of the north.

On August 1, the exhibit "Siberian Stories" featuring works by Yelena Ilyankova, a member of the Union of Artists of Russia, will open. On August 2, a roundtable discussion will be held entitled, "Public Discussion of Historical and Ethnographic Projects by Vasily Bagatai ‘The History of Four Subjects. Preliminary Results of the Expedition.'"

On August 5, the festive program "Open Doors Day. A Tent Welcomes Guests" will take place. Residents of the Taimyr Peninsula and travelers will be offered excursions around Boris Molchanov Arts and Ethnographic Center where they will be able to visit bone carving and national women's handicrafts studios. In addition, documentaries will be shown in an ethnic movie theatre. The films were made by the ethnographic center's staff during folk and ethnographic expeditions.

The main celebrations dedicated to the International Day of the World's Indigenous People are scheduled in Dudinka, the capital of Taimyr (Dolgano-Nenets District), for August 6. They will include the ceremony of lighting the flame of friendship and presenting awards to Taimyr residents for major contributions to the region's development. The Arktika movie house will be turned into a so-called "Taimyr Camping Ground" where the national cuisine can be tasted and workshops will be conducted in making national dolls and souvenirs from beads, cloth, fur, leather and suede.