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A unique catalog on the cultural heritage of Yakutia

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Material and Spiritual Culture

The National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will host a presentation of the system album-catalog "Material and Spiritual Culture of the Peoples of Yakutia in Worlds Museums (17th - early 20th centuries)", Volume I "The Siberian Collection in Museums of the United States" by Professor Zinaida I. Ivanova-Unarova, Professor of Art Studies Department of the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, art critic.

The museums of the United States of America, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, France and the Russian Federation, have unique exhibits reflecting the culture and art of the peoples of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). These valuable artifacts were transported outside of Yakutia in the XIX-XX centuries.

The project "Material and Spiritual Culture of the Peoples of Yakutia in Worlds Museums (17th - early 20th centuries)" was launched in order to create the most complete set of monuments of material and spiritual heritage of the Yakuts, Evens, Evenks, Yukaghirs, Dolgans and the Chukchi. The initiator and the head of the project is Chairman of the State Assembly (Il Tumen) of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aleksandr N. Zhirkov. This project contains such major sections as Museums of America, Museums of Europe and Museums of Russia. The system catalog is an integral part of the fundamental scientific work "The History of Yakutia" of the Academy of Sciences of the RS (Y).

Zinaida Ivanova Unarova

In 2017, under the auspices of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the first volume of the catalog, compiled by Zinaida Ivanova-Unarova, was published. The volume presents man-made articles of the Yakuts, Evens and Yukaghirs, currently kept in the museums of the United States of America: The American Museum of Natural History in New York and the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Back in the early 1990s, Zinaida Ivanovna, together with her husband Vladimir Kharlampievich Ivanov, began research on the Siberian collection in museums around the world. Today the result of this many years of painstaking scientific and research work on the collection and systematization of objects of material culture of the peoples of Yakutia is presented - the first volume of the album-catalog.

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