Arctic Peoples exhibition opens at British Museum

Arctic Peoples exhibition opens at British Museum

October 26, 2020

The collection includes items from Taimyr.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. An exhibition dedicated to the peoples of the Arctic has opened in one of the largest museums of the world – the British Museum. The collection was brought from St. Petersburg to London by the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera).

The Arctic: Culture and Climate exhibition, dedicated to climate change in the Arctic and its impact on the indigenous peoples of the region, opened on 22 October. It features over 40 items collected in Siberia, including Taimyr.

The collection of the Russian museum is about a quarter of the total number of exhibits at the exhibition

As the deputy director of the Kunstkamera Vladimir Davydov told This Is Taimyr, the costume of the last Nganasan shaman Tyubyaku Kosterkin, as well as mascots, went from Taimyr to the British capital.

“In my memory, there have been no exhibitions of this magnitude in the British Museum. Undoubtedly, this is a significant event both for us and for the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. The exhibition will surely arouse great interest among the British and guests of London”, he said.

Items from Chukotka, Yakutia, the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district and other northern territories also went to England. Moreover, the collection of the Russian museum is about a quarter of the total number of exhibits at the exhibition.

The exposition will run until February 21 next year.

Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: and Nikita Kruchinenko

October 26, 2020

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