The Taimyr Museum of Local Lore has shown the online collection of Taimyr indigenous peoples toys. A toy has always been considered an object necessary for a child to develop and learn about the world around him.
The basis of the collection is the Nenets and Dolgan toys made of various materials – fabric scraps, animal and bird bones, tree twigs and slivers. Most of the collection is represented by traditional Nenets nuhuko dolls.
“The set of toys handed over to the museum by the nenets writer Lyubov Nenyang is very valuable for us. The dolls were collected on expeditions in the Nosok and Tukhard tundras in the 70–80s of the XX century. These dolls were presented to the writer by fishermen children, hunters and reindeer herders. The craftswoman made some of the dolls herself”, they said in the museum.
Dolgan toys are represented in the collection by traditional rag dolls, deer figurines with a body, head and horns carved from light-colored wood. Dolgan children made toy argyshes – caravans designed of such figures as well as of miniature sleds and sled tents.
The funds also store toys made of bird beaks and sternum, as well as of reindeer ankles and articular bones. You can see the unique collection on the official website of the museum.
Worthy adding that the Taimyr Museum of Local Lore has unique exhibits of its kind. One of them is the skeleton of the famous mammoth Zhenya.
Text: Angelika Stepanova, Photo: Taimyr Museum of Local Lore