Big Argish ethnic festival starts in Taimyr

Big Argish ethnic festival starts in Taimyr

October 31, 2022

The main ethnic festival of Taimyr - Big Argish - this year is dedicated to the nomadic and village lifestyle of the indigenous peoples of the North.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The festival has opened with a large photo exhibition – Taimyr. Points on the Map – in the Arena sports and entertainment complex. The photographs were taken by Norilsk and Dudinka photographers from almost all the settlements of the territory.

Documentary filming by Alexander Haritonov, Valery Barkov, Vladimir Makushkin, Denis Gaskov, Vadim Kirpichenko, Denis Kozhevnikov and others show the aborigines’ life in remote Taimyr villages.

One exposition contains 40 photographs that show everyday reality in different geographical points of the peninsula.

The Big Argish’s current theme is In the Footsteps of Great Expeditions. It tells about life in the villages on the vast Taimyr tundra – on behalf of the participants in several research trips and the Nganasans, Evenks, Dolgans, Enets and Nenets themselves.

This year, the festival format will be held in the form of game training, an exciting immersion in the culture and life of the Taimyr ethnic groups. This is an opportunity to feel the philosophy of the indigenous peoples of the North, learn more about the villages, most of which can only be reached by helicopter.

Even the peninsula’s settlements names are of genuine interest – Zhdaniha, Syndassko, Novaya, Katyryk, Popigay, Kresty, Heta, Volochanka, Ust-Avam, Ust-Port, Karaul, Vorontsovo, Baikalovsk, Nosok.

The central site – the Big Argish ethnic camp – this time will be twice as large. Ten tents and, for the first time, two sledge trains with mobile cabins will be placed on Gvardeyskaya square. It is this sled construction that the indigenous peoples of Taimyr call argish.

The new creative space with a large festival program will host lectures, master classes and performances by artists from Dudinka and Taimyr villages, from where representatives of indigenous peoples will fly to Norilsk to participate in the festival.

Earlier, This Is Taimyr talked about the program of the Big Argish ethnic festival, which will last until November 13.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: author

October 31, 2022

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