Unique shamanism exhibition works in Taimyr

Unique shamanism exhibition works in Taimyr

August 27, 2021

Tubyaku’s Parallel Worlds exhibition is working in the Taimyr Museum of Local Lore on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Nganasan shaman Tubyaku Kosterkin.


“Tubyaku Dyuhadovich Kosterkin is a person who is the bearer of the Nganasan culture, the most ancient people of Taimyr. He possessed extraordinary qualities and the ability of a shaman – the ability to communicate with spirits, thereby taking care of successful trades, well-being and health of his people. And, having transferred part of his personal belongings and religious collections to our museum in the early 80s of the twentieth century, he did everything to preserve the culture of his small Nganasan people”, said the director of the museum Olga Korneeva.

In the history of the Taimyr Museum of Local Lore, this is the first exhibition dedicated to shamanism. The priceless treasures of the museum fund are of global importance. Many countries of the world are interested in the ancient culture of shamanism, and many want to visit Taimyr to get in touch with it.

Tubyaku Kosterkin was born in September 1921. By inheritance from his father, shaman Duhade from the Ngamtusuo clan, the gift of shamanism passed to him. Tubyaku was known as a strong shaman, a healer, an outstanding epic storyteller, an expert on culture, who wanted to preserve the history of his people for posterity. For this purpose, he donated shamanic ritual attributes to the Taimyr Museum.

Until the last days of his life, Tubyaku came every year from his native village of Ust-Avam to the museum to talk with the costume. Tubyaku Kosterkin, the last shaman from the Ngamtusuo clan, passed away in 1989.

The first visitors to the Tubyaku’s Parallel Worlds exhibition noted that the exposition has a complex effect on perception and leaves a deep impression.

“There are no analogues of such costumes of shamans in the world. Take care of each other, be kinder and know that we have our own defenders who live in the museum, where we professionally take care of these collections. This is truly a cultural heritage, a world-class exhibition”, said Valentina Satskaya, head of the culture department of the Taimyr administration.

The Taimyr people and guests of Dudinka can visit the Tubyaku’s Parallel Worlds exhibition throughout the year.

Earlier, we told about a unique item from the private collection of a Norilsk resident – a tambourine of the Nganasan shaman Dyuhade.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Taimyr Museum of Local Lore

August 27, 2021

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