Cultural Heritage

Junior Associate Igor Antyushin travels to Yakutia to support an UNESCO World Heritage initiative.

Junior Associate Igor Antyushin travels to Yakutia, a vast territory in the North East of Russia, more than six flight hours away from the capital. People in the streets look Asian, making Igor appear like a foreigner in his own country. But many of the languages spoken by these local tribes are dying out and with them a very rich local culture, refined crafts, reindeer herding and nature handling skills, dances, songs, shamanic rituals and beliefs. 

To save them from extinction, an initiative is under way to include these traditions in the UNESCO World Heritage list. As Igor meets the local leaders to support them in this complicated process, he becomes aware of the value of developing and nurturing one's own culture.

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