Arctic Multilingual Portal Project


Photo: Arctic Russia

NEFU UNESCO Chair’s researchers have been collecting information on the linguistic and cultural heritage of Arctic Indigenous Peoples since 2021. For this purpose, they conduct expeditions to the lands inhabited by Indigenous Peoples.

The researchers visited Dudinka, a town which lies on the banks of the Yenisei River in the Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia and Anadyr, a port town in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia this autumn.

In Dudinka, the researchers recorded the voices of 23 people representing the Nenets, Nganasan, Dolgan, Evenki and Enets peoples. In Anadyr, the researchers made about 20 recordings of Chukchi speakers.

The information collected will enrich the content presented on the portal. The portal provides information about all 40 Indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East.

The start of the Digitalisation of the Linguistic and Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic project was announced in 2021. The project was originally conceived as an international one and was to contain information about all Indigenous Peoples living throughout the Arctic.

The project aims to preserve, develop and promote the linguistic and cultural heritage of Arctic Indigenous Peoples.

International UNESCO Chair at M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University "Social and Human Adaptation of the Arctic Regions to Climate Change” (NEFU UNESCO Chair) was created on the base of Agreement between UNESCO and North-Eastern Federal University in June 2011.