The Chairman of the State Assembly (Il Tyumen) of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Aleksandr Zhirkov, is on a working visit to New York, where he participates at the invitation of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 17th session of the Permanent Forum at the UN headquarters.
The event is attended by Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Mikhail Gulyaev, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Feodosia Gabysheva, Head of the Ethnocultural Association ‘Elleyaada’ Mikhail Ershov.
On UN margins, the speaker of the parliament of Yakutia Aleksandr Zhirkov will meet with the head of the secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Mrs. Chandra Roy-Henriksen and with senior executives of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.
At the UN General Assembly, Aleksandr Zhirkov will present the first part of the system album-catalog "Material and Spiritual Culture of the Peoples of Yakutia in the Museums of the World (17th - early 20th centuries)", issued under the auspices of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues of the World. The presentation of the unique edition will also take place at the American Museum of Natural History with the participation of Vice-President for Development Camilla Cowley and Professor at Georgetown University Marjorie Balzer.
A large-scale project under the leadership of Aleksandr Zhirkov to collect and systematize the material culture units of the peoples of Yakutia, exported in different years outside of Yakutia and now stored in various museums around the world, was launched in 2006. The creation of a single complete set of monuments of material and spiritual heritage of the peoples of Yakutia is timed to 100th anniversary of the Yakut ASSR as an integral part of the new fundamental project "The History of Yakutia."
It should be reminded that the Permanent Forum of the United Nations on the issues of indigenous peoples of the world represented by Chandra Roy-Henriksen supported the initiative to create a system catalog, presented by Aleksandr Zhirkov at 14th session of the Permanent Forum in 2015.
The first volume of the system album-catalog "The Siberian Collection in Museums of the USA" for the first time published a detailed information on artifacts of the Sakha, Even and Yukaghir peoples in the collections of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The author of the edition is Professor Zinaida Ivanova-Unarova.
The study of the traditional culture of the peoples of the Arctic by researchers of the United States and Yakutia, whose articles are published in the catalog, makes it possible to identify ethno-cultural contacts that have developed over the centuries and stimulate international scientific cooperation in studying the cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia. The album-catalog is addressed to museums of the world, to researchers of national creativity, modern bearers of ethno-cultural heritage.
Scientific and research work continues, and in the future volumes will be published devoted to the collections of culture of the peoples of Yakutia in the museums of Europe and Russia.
Press Service of Il Tyumen