Members of the Northern Forum

SM Finn Consul speaks

“Finland wants the Arctic to be a viable and sustainable territory. We are glad that Russia also treats development of its Arctic territories as a priority”.

 

Anne Lammila,

Consul General of the Republic of Finland in Saint Petersburg

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Northern Forum open doors between cultures. They build bridges and even a small businesspartner can get a lot out of being a part of Northern Forum says Anders Bjorklund from PredatorCenter Gronklitt in Sweden. Together with designer Ingvor Ljung we have been invited toparticipate in the unique Bearfestival among Khantys. The Northern Forum people in Khantywith Valentina Kochetygova, Director of Torum Maa Ethnographic museum in Khanty Mansiysk,has made an excellent program for us. Without Northern Forum, the staff in Yakutsk atthe NF Secretariat and Valentinas job we would never have experienced what we now have.

 

Bears and Natives

In Orsa Gronklitt we have the largest Bearpark in Europe and the world’s largest Polar Bear facility.

We are running a big project called “Bears and Natives” about traditional knowledge among Natives in thenorth says Anders. A project that has Bears in the center. At the Northern Forum meeting on Iceland2014 we got in contact with Khanty Mansiysk Autonomus Okrug and Valentina Kochetygova. The nativegroupKhantys in northwest Siberia have lived there own life for thousands of years.

It was first in1970s that this area got road connection. The bear is the son of God in their culture and have a veryunique role. At the Bearfestival, during three days, we got the very unique chance to follow the rituals, dances, songs, storytelling etc. More than 360 different stories about traditional life was presented.

The Khantys is probably the native group in the world where bears have the most central role and still is highlighted at a festival.

 

Northern Forum - a door to knowledge

Without Northern Forum we never would have been able to participate in this events, says Ingvor. Thedoor to a very unique culture and rituals were opened. Khanty is still a living culture as it has beenthrough thousands of years. It is very important to do everything you can to let this culture stay alive.

The threat today, at the horizon, could be exploitation of oil and gas. It is important that their ownlanguage continues to live, that youngsters must learn about the traditional life out in wilderness andstorytelling and rituals as the Bearfestival must continue.

 

Khanty hospitality

The program during our visit in Siberia has followed a very generous program. We have visitedmuseums, cultural institutions, researchers and got very close to the Khantys. This unique event issomething you have to be invited to and you have to be accepted by the natives to be able to participate.The things we have seen and documented will end up in an exhibition where we will highlight this culture and compare with our own natives the Samis. We are really thankful to Northern Forum,Valentina Kochetygova and the natives in Kazim village. We hope that our job can support this cultureby presenting it to people in other countries.

 

Beautiful costumes

Although life as a Khanty is tough and hard there has been a real contrast to see the beauty in therecostumes. Costumes made of fur, pearls, colourful fabrics, in an amazing design with storytelling inpatterns and figures. To make a reindeer parka can take up to five years and they are made in very highquality says Ingvor Ljung who also works with costumes and furs. All the old natives womans hasbeen so friendly describing their work and presenting all the details.

 

Friends, culture, exchange and sharing knowledge

The Predator Center is a small business partner but, because of Northern Forum, doors have beenopened to very great and fruitful things when working with traditional knowledge among natives. Tobe able to visit Khanty is like opening a book and meet an untouched old culture as it might have beenseveral hundred years ago. Because of this exchange we now can present the importance of letting thisand other cultures stay alive. We can compare different regions and native groups and hopefully makethe world better for these groups. To us this has been a lifetime experience says Ingvor and Anders. 

27 Sep 2020
The 1st Northern Youth Forum to start today on September 27!

  The events will be broadcasted on the youtube channel of the Northern Forum https://www.youtube.com/.../UC6oVddUKkEEd8xcg.../featured...  and on the website of the Northern Sustainable Development [ ... ]

27 Sep 2020
The first online action was held within the framework of the Northern Sustainable Development Forum

 The first online action was held within the framework of the Northern Sustainable Development Forum "the Siberian crane is a symbol of uniting regions and countries". The action is dedicated to [ ... ]

26 Sep 2020

The plenary session will be addressed by Oran Reed Young, Research Professor at the Department of Science and Environmental Management at the University of California (Santa Barbara), Director of the [ ... ]

26 Sep 2020

The organizers of the Forum are the government of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), the international organization of the northern regions "Northern Forum" and the North-Eastern Federal University. Representatives [ ... ]

10 Sep 2020
The Northern Forum Call for Projects - 2020.

We inform that application deadline for the Northern Forum Project Call is extended until October 31, 2020.

Traditionally, the Competition is held with the aim of promoting the strengthening and expansion [ ... ]

08 Sep 2020
Northern Sustainable Development Forum: program is available

Only several weeks are left until the start of the 2nd Northern Sustainable Development Forum, which will be held on September 27-30, 2020.

The pdf version of the program is now available here.

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