Russia Holds Days of Nenets Literature to Preserve Indigenous Culture


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The event, which began in Russia’s Arctic in 2002, seeks to preserve the local indigenous people's language and culture.

The Days of Nenets Literature is a series of events aimed at preserving and popularising the values of spiritual and material culture of the Nenets, an indigenous small-numbered people of the North, the Nenets Autonomous District’s regional government website reports.

The event started in the Nenets Autonomous District (NAO in Russian) on 20 November and will last until 20 December 2023.

The Nenets Autonomous District is located in the northeast of the European part of Russia on the White, Barents, and Kara Seas. The Nenets Autonomous District is part of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation.

The Days of Nenets Literature is a way to tell about the Nenets culture, namely about the peculiarities of language, literature, customs and traditions.

This year, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Vasily Ledkov, the Nenets poet and prose writer. Some of the activities will be dedicated to this prominent literary figure, the NAO Department of Internal Policy reports.

The event programme includes exhibitions and performances, contests, quizzes and other cultural and entertainment activities.

The Nenets are reindeer herders living in Russia's Arctic. At present, the Nenets are the largest group speaking Samoyedic, a branch of the Uralic language family. Their name comes from the word nenets meaning “man.”