Olonkho is the Sakha people’s major cultural heritage, that was later proclaimed by UNESCO as the world’s oral & intangible masterpiece. It is a heroic epic tale that might narrated by up to 20,000 verses. It is told by a Olonkho singer or story-teller. In the previous post «Olonkho, Sakha heroic epos, in Timofei Stepanov’s painting The Upper World«, I wrote that the famous Yakutian artist, Timofei Stepanov, appeared to be the first, who depicted the Sakha heroic epic «Olonkho» in the series of paintings. See Olonkho-related posts…

Students! International Students! Attention! Here’s your chance to discover the southern part of Russia’s biggest Siberian region. Through the summer student camp program called «Discover South Yakutia» and arranged especially for you this summer. The international course “Discover South Yakutia” is a two-week event organized by the Technical Institute (branch) of the North-Eastern Federal University held from the 26th of August till the 9th of September 2012 in the city of Nerungry (Sakha Republic, Russia).

The movie is called The Road. Created by a young talanted Yakutian director Michael Lukachevsky in Yakutsk, Russia’s Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Screened once in Paris at a film festival. Next week, June 5th, Yakutsk residents will have the first opportunity to watch it in the Muus Khaya complex. Always welcome! The Road movie trailer is also available on Facebook to be ready for sharing. Please, share!

The spring is the most expected season during the winter in Yakutia. When it comes, it brings a great joy, as it gets warmer, snow melts, ice starts floating on rivers. A spectacular nature event, but… The spring brings disasters as well. They happen to be devastating and hundreds of private houses and households go under water. This weekend the disaster came to the town of Srednekolymsk (population: 3500 people) situated on the west bank of the Kolyma River in North-East Yakutia, Siberia / Russia. The ice jam…

Icebreak on the Lena River. Ice is floating fast on May 16th, 2012. Location: Pokrovsk town, Central Yakutia, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Siberia / Russia. This is the biggest nature event in May. The end of the cold season, the start of the warm days! See how ice is floating on the Lene River via the live webcam. The above video was shared by ykt user REPKA.

Hereby I present Yuri Sleptsov‘s art works. His drawings are done on a plastic board with the use of a scalpel. Such a technique is called scratchboard or scraperboard (grattazh, in Russian). Learn more about it on Wiki. Yuri prefers to use the plastic, as it provides the sharp contrast between white lines and the black inked background. This technique is used very rarely. The drawing might be created in the course of several weeks, months or even year. A hard work. One little mistake might spoil the…

Alexander Khodulov was a Yakutian artist, who lived from 1962 till 2003. His preferred genres were portrait, landscape scenery, still life, etc. He was born in Yakutsk. In the family of the outstanding USSR national artist Dmitry F. Khodulov. Graduated Children Art School, Yakutsk Art College (1981), the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow (1987). A member of the Sakha Republic Artist Union since 1993.

Today is Russia’s Victory Day, a national holiday celebrated across the country. See photographs taken on Victory Day in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Russia.

May 1st is a special day in Russia. It’s a national holiday. It might called in different ways. International Workers’ Day, May Day, Spring & Labour Day or Labour Day. Here we just use the word «May 1st» (in Russian, «Pervomaj» or «Pervoe Maja».) How do we percept this holiday? In my and many others’ opinion, it is more like a celebration of the spring. It is a day, when we can enjoy parades and go out of the city for BBQ (shashliki). See photographs of the May…

In February, as you might already know, I experienced just a magic reindeer sledding expedition across valleys and rivers of Oymyakon, East Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. With the Even nomad family of the Cherkashins. Well, it was a sort of expedition to me, but not to reindeer herders. They considered two-day travel as a regular neighbourhood visit. No more words from me. Enjoy 70+ photographs.