#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. From September 14 to 18, the North small indigenous peoples’ (NSIP) family communities took part in the XVII international fair exhibition Treasures of the North-Masters and Artists of Russia-2022 in Moscow.
This is a traditional annual exhibition where indigenous peoples come from all regions of the North of Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation.
According to Anfisa Nikiforova, head of the Nornickel Polar Division’s department for work with indigenous people of the North, at the exhibition there were master classes, the Best Exposition and Best Work of National Art contests, the Nomadic North and Polar Style festivals. In the pavilion of two thousand square meters, the indigenous peoples represented their regions, each had their own stand.
The NSIP communities told the exhibition participants, residents and guests of Moscow about their contribution to the development of Taimyr, about projects implemented in the territory, demonstrated their own production. The participation of the NSIP communities in the event became possible thanks to the Nornickel’s support.
At the exhibition, the NSIP community presented environmentally friendly food, agricultural products, took part in discussions on the topics of preserving indigenous languages and traditions. The Nganasan writer Victoria Momde presented a book, published with the support of the Nornickel company – legends and fairy tales Following the White Mammoth’s Trail.
Philip Ivanov, the Five Hunters board game developer, told about the game and played it with the young participants in the exhibition: the game has no analogues in Russia. The exhibition participants showed a huge interest in the game, asked where to buy it.
In 2022, the Arctic Children federal project’s site was first represented, where all regions shared their experience in this area. At the Taimyr site for children, the Nganasan writer Victoria Momde held lessons in the Nganasan language, the Dolgan Union chairman Adea Eska presented the Dolgan culture, and the Cou-Kun community chairman Alexey Kudryakov held Dolgan games.
This year, for the first time at the exhibition, Nornickel, together with the NSIP communities, introduced an exclusive stand, where it showed interaction with the Taimyr indigenous peoples. The exhibition participants greatly praised the exhibition design, which was developed by Taimyr professional artists-designers, members of the Russia Artists Union Julia and Evgeny Porotov.
“We presented a unique, modern ethnic stand called Winter Camp. The NSIP communities, members of the company’s coordination council Kou-Kun, Hulae, Hanavey, Muchout, presented at the exhibition projects aimed at developing domestic tourism, which are implemented in Taimyr with the support of Nornickel. This is a pantotherapy center, a farm for breeding polar foxes, the ethnopark Tyuha, a souvenir products development project, the Ethnocomobo mobile application, and the Tyuha visit center”, said Anfisa Nikiforova.
The communities spoke about their activities, what they are doing, what services they provide.
So, the Tyuha community this year filed an application for the Best Exposition contest and took a special prize. In addition, the exhibition directorate noted the president of the company Vladimir Potanin with a letter of thanks, which reflects a high assessment of the work that the company conducts with indigenous peoples today.
“We talked about the positive experience of interacting with Taimyr’s indigenous peoples, about programs, about projects that the company implements together with the NSIP. Positive experience was announced to all regions. The exhibition participants asked to share experience, we held a number of meetings, negotiations. Our communities had a unique opportunity to get acquainted with other regions, exchange contacts for further possible interaction”, said Anfisa Nikiforova.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, photo: Nornickel’s press service