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Such khoomeizhis like Khunashtar-ool Oorzhak are born only once in a hundred years

Such khoomeizhis like Khunashtar-ool Oorzhak are born only once in a hundred yearsSeptember, 11, is the 80th birthday of Khunashtar-ool Surun-oolovich Oorzhak, a recognized Tuvan performer of Tuvan original art form - throat-singing. His name is included in the State Book of Republic Tyva "People of merit of Tuva in XX Century".

Khunashtar-ool Oorzhak was born in 1932 in Mungash-Ak village of Barun-Khemchik district. After having served in the Soviet Army, he returned to his native Mungash-Ak, and then moved to Sut-Khol kozhuun with his family. For many years, Khunashtar-ool Surun-oolovich worked as a sheep-herder. When herding his sheep in a valley, Oorzhak, just like many other herders, sang various melodies and composed his own. His singing attracted the attention of other herders and milk-maids.

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Dina Oyun, Tuvaculture.ru, 'Khoomei' journal, translated by Heda Jindrak

Tuvan khoomei will sound at the "Spirit of Japan" festival

Tuvan khoomei will sound at the "Spirit of Japan" festivalXIV international music festival "Spirit of Japan" will take place at the Moscow conservatorium. The first concerts will begin in early September. On September 7, at the Rakhmaninov hall in a program "Where the gods live", gogaku music, shigin singing, shibu dance and calligraphic art will be introduced by the ensemble headed by Okabayashi Yaeko (from Miyazaki in Kyushu).
On 9 September, a program "Unexpected Japan" will be shown by an ensemble with Kano Taeko, Kuzume Junichi, Terada Ryohei, and Yoshino Akira. They will introduce songs from Okinawa and Tuvan throat-singing. 
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muzcentrum.ru, http://tuvanikki.exblog.jp, translated by Heda Jindrak

"Tugan-Cherim" , Ninth Ethnographic - Natural History expedition is now in Tuva

Yesterday, members of the Ninth ethnographic - natural history expedition "Tugan-Cherim" arrived in Tuva. Among the members of the expedition are scientists and culture workers of mountain Shoria, Republic Tyva, Altai, Khakassia, as well as national folklore ensembles "Chyltys" and "Ak chayak", as announced by the press-service of Tuvan Ministry of Culture.
Toda, the expedition will meet with Mongush Kenin-Lopsan Borakhovich - the supreme shaman of Tuva, Doctor of history, renowned ethnographer, poet, writer, author of several monographs on the subject of shamanism, holder of the title "Living treasure of Shamanism". 

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tuvaculture.ru, translated by Heda Jindrak

Kaigal-ool Khovalyg: One has to cherish one's native language

Kaigal-ool Khovalyg: One has to cherish one's native languageYesterday was  the birthday of one of the best known Tuvan throat-singers - Kaigal-ool Kim-oolovich Khovalyg. On the occasion of his 50th birthday, which was widely celebrated in the republic in 2010, his colleague khoomeizhi Otkun Dostai took an interview with the celebrant. It was published in the Live Journal on the tuvamedee page.. We are now publishing this material in full.
He was born on 20 August 1960 at the foot of Mt. Bayan-Dugai, near Chadaana river in the deepest night, and sang khoomei.
His father was of the Bora-Khol Khovalygs. Kim-ool Chaptygbayevich Khovalyg was born in 1935 in the Bazhyn-Alaak village of Dzun-Khemchik kozhuun. 
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Otkun Dostai, translated by Heda Jindrak

Singer from Buryatia won Grand-Prix of the International Contest in Tuva

Singers from 13 countries, including Russia, have competed in the geographical centre of Asia.
Each participant was to perform two songs – an international hit and a folk song in modern interpretation. Grand-Prix of the Festival “Melodies of Sayan Mountains’ and a money premium of 200 000 roubles (7 000 dollars) went to Buryatia with Irina Shagdurova who was recognized the best. 
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tuvaculture.ru

Third Felt Festival to be held in Tuva

Third Felt Festival to be held in TuvaThe 3rd International Felt Festival "Patterns of Life" will take place on 15 August on Arat square within the framework of Naadym, cattle-breeders’ holiday. It will be possible to see and obtain felt products and souvenirs made in various corners of Russia and Mongolia. Master craftsmen from Kazachstan, Republic Altai, Bashkortostan, Khakassia, as well as from many aimaks of Mongolia will participate in the festival. There will be an exhibition and sale of yurts, a fair of folk industries products, felt-making workshops by artisans who have preserved traditional methods, and competitions.
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Heda Jindrak, photo by Dina Oyun

There is an astonishing unity of nature, people and music in Tuva

There is an astonishing unity of nature, people and music in TuvaIn the course of the past 10 years, Tuvan folkloristics, in the context of ethnography, has changed in a significant way. More exactly, it has changed under the influence of interest of Western culture in our unique folk culture. I have not thought before that the Japanese, Americans and Germans would show any interest in it or in our language.
Now, representatives of these nations study Tuvan language at the TGU base with great interest. This is evidence that they, first of all, are searching for the secrets of a method of learning khoomei. Khoomei and stone carving attract great interest of many people in various corners of the planet.
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Kuular Cherlig-ool, Tuvinskaya pravda newspaper, translated by Heda Jindrak

International archeological expedition in Tuva announced its first find - a gold earring

International archeological expedition in Tuva announced its first find - a gold earringThe first days of the second field season of the archeological-geological expedition of Russian Geographic Society "Kyzyl - Kuragino", taking place in the Valley of Tsars (Tuva) has already made an interesting discovery. A young member of the team, Chingis Tulush discovered a gold earring with a convexity and a ring of small beads in the stone embankment of "Ak-Dag-2" burial grounds.

The Eerbek archeological team is led by Demir Tulush, a staff member of the archeology section of TIGI. Together with the Institute of material culture of Russian Academy of Sciences, he leads the work on the burial grounds "Ak-Dag-2" as well as "Eerbek-10".

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Valeria Kan, translated by Heda Jindrak

A Mystical Coat and Hat of a Tuvan Shaman

A Mystical Coat and Hat of a Tuvan ShamanLynn Johnson faced a daunting task: make photos that embody the cultures of little-known or vanishing languages. In some cases she began with a certain word or phrase; other times she relied on instinct to find a captivating image.
In the Republic of Tuva, in Russia, Johnson visited a center where shamans counsel suffering souls. “People unburden their hearts and minds of things they feel are sabotaging their lives,” she says

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Lynn Johnson

Altai monuments and throat-singing may join UNESCO heritage

Authorities of Republic Altai are submitting an application to increase the list of objects of UNESCO nature heritage in the category "Altai - Golden Mountains", because of the cultural and archeological monuments, and to include throat-singing in the list of World Heritage intangible treasures, as Ivan Belekov, the leader of UNESCO representatives in the region announced during a meeting with international experts on Sunday. Currently, the UNESCO Nature Heritage in the category "Altai- Golden Mountains" includes the Altai and Katun state biospheric natural reserves, nature park "Ukok zone of Peace", nature park "Belukha" and Teletskoye Lake. The local authorities, researchers, and scientists believe that aside from unique nature, Gorniy Altai also possesses significant cultural heritage.
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RIA Novosti, translated by Heda Jindrak
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