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International Financial Corporation (World Bank subdivision focusing on the private sector) on the preparation of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan:

СSince most consultations took place during the winter months, a special focus was on enabling the most disadvantaged members of the local community, such as senior citizens, to attend. Vehicles were provided to those who needed them, and younger community members escorted the elderly. Where possible, the consultations were timed to start after the end of the dayТs fishing trips. Time was allocated for the participants to share their problems and concerns. The organisers made sure that all those present were treated respectfully, and efforts were made to reach a consensus. As a result, the meetings turned out extremely long, but people felt that their presence matteredТ.

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The Second Open Spaces Festival of Indigenous and Traditional Cultures

On August 26, the Second Open Spaces Festival of of Sakhalin Indigenous and Traditional Cultures took place in Poronaisk Museum of Local History.  Like last year, it was an open-air event: all festival venues were settled under the open sky in the Museum grounds. The Festival project is implemented by the Poronaisk Museum of Local History with support of Sakhalin Energy under the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan. Author of the project is Aruna Telbekova.

This year, festival brought together carriers of national cultures from Poronaisk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Nogliki and Nekrasovka, who came to demonstrate versatility and distinctiveness of their indigenous ethnic groups.  The Museum prepared an eventful and good mixed programme, covering the cultural diversity of Sakhalin indigenous peoples: exhibition, master-classes, concert, ethnic games and contests. 

The festival opened with ethnic musical show. Ethnic folk group Mengume Ilga welcomed the audience including delegations from Japan and South Korea. The artist played songs in Nivkh language and performed compositions on national instruments during which the audience as well enjoyed ethnic choreography. A welcoming address was delivered by Natalya Zakharchuk, Deputy of Sakhalin Regional Duma.

Festival’s creative zones were settled not far from the concert area. In the Craftsmen City tent, masters of decorative and applied art, carrying on in the ancestral traditions, presented to the guests and members of the jury amazing handworks made of fur, fish skin, birchbark, beads and fabric.   The craftsmen demonstrated pictures, talismans, bijouterie, toys, clothes and accessories made from a variety of materials. 

Essential attribute of the festival are various master classes. The festival participants took lessons in bone carving from Poronaisk craftswoman Anna Reznik, in ornamental painting on glass from Natalia Tretiakova, and in wood bracelets painting from Victoria Azizmamadova. At Marina Kragina’s master class guests were making fish skin brooches. The youngest participants of the festival enjoyed making birchbark applications under the sensitive guidance of Nogliki craftswoman Lyudmila Paskit.

Competitional portion of the programme—ethnic games and cooking contest­—became the most spectacular part of the festival for participants and fans. Winners of ethnic competitions were determined in three age groups. Boys and girls competed in tug-of-war, “cock-fight” and “dog sled” contests. Adult participants of the competition programme we trying to surprise the audience and members of the jury with ethnic dishes.

Open Spaces Festival concluded with a wrap-up and awards ceremony.  Olga Khuryun, Senior Guidance Counsellor of Indigenous Peoples Culture Department of Regional Ethnic Creative Arts Centre handed accolades and prises for participation in the exhibition to: Victoria Azizmamadova (best beads work), Olga Reznic (bone carving), Fedor Mygun (woodcarving), Albina Mygun (embroidery), Elena Ochan (best fur work), Lyudmila Paskit (best birchbark work), En Su Si Antonova (ethnic toy) and the youngest craftsman of the festival, Semen Reznik, for the panel made of fish skin. In the cooking contest the fist-place winner was Galina Dzhiginas, the second place was taken by Anna Reznik, and the third - by Lyudmila Paskit, who was also commended by the jury for the conducted master classes.

Material provided by A. Telbekova, festival project manager.


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Received the main award in the all-Russian Corporate Philanthropy Leaders contest in nomination The Best Programme for Corporate Philanthropy Policy and CompanyТs Social Investments Principles

Winner of Vitus Bering International Award

Winner of social investments contest УCorporate Donor of Russia Ц 2008Ф

First prize at the Far Eastern International Festival of Indigenous People