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Japanese students in Yakutsk learn about indigenous Arctic ethnic groups
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Culture of indigenous Arctic ethnic groups was a central topic of the meeting held in Yakutsk, IA YakutiaMedia reports. The meeting took place at the premises of the North-Eastern Federal University. Among the meeting participants were students and teachers of the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Peoples of the North-East of North-Eastern Federal University and representatives of Japanese Hokkaido University.
The meeting was held in the framework of the International Winter School titled The Environment and Innovations of the North. Its main task was to draw foreign guests’ attention to the question of preservation of languages and cultures of the Evens and other ethnic groups of the North.
Japanese guests got acquainted with cultures and traditions of the northern minorities. They head verses in the Even language and saw works by folk craftsmen. Students from Japan learnt traditional dances.
The issue of preservation of languages of the Arctic ethnic groups is very topical. The activities organized by the university in Yakutsk secure an opportunity to preserve and restore the forgotten languages.