01.01.2007 -

Safeguarding the Yukaghir Language and Oral Traditions

@UNESCOSharing traditional Yukagir knowledge, ©UNESCO

@UNESCOYukagir students attend a master class in language and oral heritage, @UNESCO

Before this project, the language of the Yukagir was spoken fluently by only seventeen people. As a result, the oral and linguistic traditions of this ethnicy community in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation were severely endangered.

Before this project, the language of the Yukagir was spoken fluently by only seventeen people. As a result, the oral and linguistic traditions of this ethnicy community in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation were severely endangered. With assistance from UNESCO, the Education Ministry of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Institute of the Indigenous Peoples of the North of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences undertook to promote the transmission of Yukagir oral traditions to youth and digitize the language and cultural materials, facilitating both transmission and preservation.

The project involved four distinct activites:

  • Organizing master classes led by native speakers to preserve oral intangible culture,
  • Creating resource centers in schools that involve youth in the recording of traditional culture,
  • Developing multimedia and electronic teaching aids and
  • Digitizing Yukagir sources stored in state and private archives in a new inventory of the Yukagir oral intangible heritage

Active and enthusiastic engagement in this project by Yukagir of all ages means that the work of safeguarding their culture will continue through formal and informal education, preserving diversity and fostering pride in the Yukagir ethnic identity.

 




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