Nganasan bone carver created graffiti panel in Ust-Avam

Nganasan bone carver created graffiti panel in Ust-Avam

August 11, 2022

The young master Yury Kosterkin has tried a new genre.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Nganasan bone carver Yury Kosterkin created a graffiti panel in the Taimyr village of Ust-Avam. The panel depicts a reindeer against the backdrop of a river and a range of characteristic Taimyr hills visible on the horizon.

The Nganasan people, to which Yury belongs, are officially the most ancient northern people of Eurasia. The southern border of the Nganasan territory on Taimyr coincides with the Arctic Circle line, and the northern border of their fisheries is the Byrranga mountains – the northernmost continental mountain system in the world, the interregional public organization Indigenous Peoples Union reports.

The Nganasans’ art is also special – arctic. Men are engaged in bone carving, and women sew beautiful Nganasan clothes that cannot be confused with the clothes of any other people.

Yury Kosterkin has been drawing since early childhood. After school, he entered the Taimyr College of Arts, where he studied as a bone carver, but did not finish his studies and learned art on his own in his native Ust-Avam.

Nowadays, Yury Kosterkin devotes his free time to carving and drawing. The Nganasans call him the second Motyumyaku Turdagin, but Yury wants to become a teacher in the future. Now he teaches drawing to his own children.

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Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photo: Dudinka administration press service and

August 11, 2022

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