#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the center of Dudinka, Taimyr Attraction site, an ethnic visitor center Tiyaha (the word is translated from Nenets as ‘deer river’) was opened – a joint project of the Hanavey community and the Nornickel company. The community helps to develop ethnic tourism. Acquaintance with the Taimyr peninsula indigenous peoples’ life and traditions is the visitor center’s main idea.
The ideological inspirer of the project, the head of the Nornickel Polar Division’s department for work with the indigenous peoples of the North Anfisa Nikiforova said:
“With the Nornickel’s support, projects are being implemented that are proposed by the Taimyr indigenous people themselves. In 2021, a coordinating council was created, it united more than 50 communities, including Hanavey (translated as ‘falcon’). The project is aimed at developing domestic tourism: guests from near and far abroad will be able to plunge into the culture of the natives of the Far North. It is important that the visitor center will be able to interact with schools and other educational organizations. Excursions, master classes, festivals, concerts will be held here”.
The visitor center presents the national dwellings of the Nenets in the form of a mobile house and a chum, in which the Nenets reindeer herders live, leading a traditional way of life. The chum mistress role on the visitor center opening day was performed by Lyubov Silkina. She held mini-excursions for visitors, spoke about the traditions of the tundra inhabitants, nomads and fishermen.
The Hanavey community’s chairman, Denis Yaptune, said that there are more than 30 representatives of the Nenets in the community, both urban and rural, from Nosok, Tuhard, Karaul, Baikalovsk and other places.
Earlier, we told how the Dudinka seaport began and how young northerners develop social ideas that are useful for Taimyr. The Nenets Nomad Dictionary VR application was presented in Norilsk; the project was made thanks to Nornickel’s grant support.
Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko