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Celebration of culture and peoples! "Nomad Camp 2019"

On August 9, the National Ceremonial Holiday of the Indigenous Peoples of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) “Nomad Camp 2019” took place on the Ordzhonikidze Square in Yakutsk.

Ordzhonikidze Square became the cultural center of the peoples gathered from all over the vast Yakutia at the celebration of history and spiritual wealth. The highlight of the event was the festive march of peoples in national costumes.

Currently, 15 percent of representatives of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation live in the Sakha Republic. “We preserve the culture, pass it on to the young generation and live in peace and harmony,” said People's Deputy Elena Golomareva.

Also, Ordzhonikidze Square became the venue for the gala concert of the “Ayukta” Interregional Youth Festival of Evenk folklore. The “Dolbor” dance ensemble from the Zhilinda village of the Oleneksky ulus won the grand prix of the festival.

There were yurts with exhibitions in the square area, where national jewelry and household items were presented. Srednekolymsky, Eveno-Bytantaysky and other uluses presented their exhibitions. Also, there was a place for holding ethnic games of the peoples of the North, which were played by both adults and children.

Especially for residents and guests of the capital, a flash mob was held in a creative form of merging ethnic motifs and modern choreography. Afterall, it is important not only to honor traditions, but also to keep up to date.

All events gathered a great number of spectators, whose interest was caused by the painstaking preparation of each participant. It is very important that due to such celebrations, the general public learns about the culture of the indigenous peoples of the North, and this allows them to preserve their unique spiritual wealth and pass it on to future generations. As the motto of the indigenous peoples of the North says: "from one generation to another".

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is annually celebrated on August 9, according to a resolution adopted on December 23, 1994 at the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

"Every nation, even the smallest one, is a unique pattern on the carpet of mankind,"

- Chinghiz Aitmatov.

Text by Anna Nifontova, student of the Faculty of History, NEFU.

Photography by Irina Kurchatova, student of the Faculty of History, NEFU.

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