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The preparation and publication of the system catalog "Material and spiritual culture of the peoples of Sakha-Yakutia of XVII - beginning of XX cc. in museums around the world" has started. The committee members discussed the work done, outlined new plans.

The system catalog “Material and spiritual culture of the peoples of Sakha-Yakutia of XVII - beginning of XX cc. in the museums of the world” is a unique research project, the objective of which is the description and presentation of the Yakut collections from foreign museums.Listings will become a part of the new complex fundamental work on the history of Yakutia, which will be published by the 100th anniversary of the Yakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.Speaker of the Parliament, Ph.D., Associate Professor Alexander Zhirkov is Chairman of the editorial board of the scientific work "The History of Yakutia" and Head of the working Committee for the publication of the system catalog.

This year in May, while participating in the 13th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, held in the United States, Alexander Zhirkov has agreed with Head of the Secretariat, Mrs. Roy-Henriksen, on the inclusion of the project under the auspices of the UN Permanent Forum.This makes the project particularly unique and important.

The system catalog will consist of many volumes and will include major sections - "Museums of America", "Museums of Europe" and "Museums of Russia".Today, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and External Relations of Yakutia conducts negotiations with the Russian Embassies in Germany and the UK for further conclusion of governmental agreements between the museums of these countries, allowing to carry on research work in them.
The group headed by Director of the National Art Museum Asya Gabysheva has done the work in the Ethnographic Museum in Berlin, where they found 524 Yakut exhibits. Some part of the museum exhibits, according to museum workers Sigmar Nazer and Lassie Malarik, may have been transferred to Russia after the Second World War. Today in the Ethnographic Museum of Berlin there are items of horse equipment, household goods and Yakut clothes.

Another working group studying the museums of America, led by Professor Zinaida Ivanova-Unarova, has found unique items and artifacts of material and spiritual culture of the peoples of Yakutia in the Museums of Natural History in New York and Smithson, state of Washington.Further, much work is ahead to collect more information about the found artifacts, their classification, preparation and presentation of materials for inclusion in the directory will require a lot of time.

The plans call for working in the Museum of World Music at Harvard University to find unique materials of Ethno-Musicologist Eduard Alekseyev collected in Yakutia in the 50s-70s of the last century, in the museums of St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.