Game with hare skull and defile in national clothes

Game with hare skull and defile in national clothes

April 03, 2023

A stylized ethnic camp Taimyr Nomad was organized in Norilsk.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the sports and entertainment complex Arena guests from the Taimyr Main Chum, dedicated to the the Taimyr House of Folk Art’s anniversary, performed with a new program.

In the Arena’s atrium there is a stylized ethnic camp with a plague. Expositions with clothes and jewelry of five indigenous ethnic groups of Taimyr were opened there, an exhibition of works by masters of carving mammoth bone and deer horn, and national games were organized.

Every hour during a day, the “inhabitants” of the nomad camp performed with a small program in which they represented each of the Taimyr peoples.

The performance was accompanied by legends and tales of the Nenets, Nganasans, Dolgans, Evenks and Enets.

The North peoples’ history was harmoniously supplemented by modernity – in the defile of clothes sewn in ethnic traditions using national decoration, ornaments and headdresses.

Each guest of the nomad camp could take part in the manufacture of simple northern souvenirs, try to throw a maut on the horns of a wooden, but quite plausible deer, put on national clothes and take a picture in it among the natives in the chum near an almost natural hearth.

The Arena complex atrium was not chosen by Dudinka performers by chance: there is always a large flow of visitors – this expands the opportunity for citizens to get acquainted with the national culture of Taimyr. The Taimyr nomad camp’s guests with genuine curiosity studied the household items of indigenous peoples, tried on clothes, looked at photographs from ethnographic expeditions, took pictures with undisguised pleasure in the tent and, together with the Taimyr people, participated in national mobile and board games.

The ritual program of Nganasan with naming and unexpected for many attributes of some games, for example, a game in which you have to throw a hare skull tied with a rope on a stick, gives a special flavor to national amusements.

“First of all, we are trying to popularize the culture and traditions of the Taimyr peoples – many Norilsk people have no idea how people outside of the Big Norilsk live. Having visited our nomad camp, some even go to Dudinka to learn more about it”, said Natalya Habarova, the Taimyr House of Folk Art head.

Earlier, the This Is Taimyr told about the Taimyr main ethno-holiday – Big Argish.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: author

April 03, 2023

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