19.11.2013 | New online catalogue "Alutiit"
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences continues series of projects on publication and provision of wide access for specialist and broader audience to the Museum’s holdings. A new on-line catalogue presents the entire collection of objects from the traditional culture of the Pacific Eskimos contained in the holdings of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Pacific Eskimos are the indigenous inhabitants of the eastern shore of the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak Island and nearby islands, and the shore of Prince William SoundUntil 1867, Alaska and a small area in northern California were a part of Russia and known as Russian America, which was later sold to the USA. For over two centuries, the Kunstkamera (named the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography since 1879) received new collections on the peoples of Russian America. The Museum currently stores over 450 items from the traditional culture of the Alutiit Pacific Eskimos. These items were gathered by participants of Russian round-the-world expeditions, employees of the Russian-American Company, and other researchers at a time when the Eskimos’ traditional culture had not yet experienced drastic changes under European influence.
The project was implemented in cooperation with the Alutiit Museum in the city of Kodiak (Alaska, USA), Koniag, Inc. (Alaska, USA), the Chugach Alaska Corporation (Alaska, USA), and with the support of the Consulate General of the USA in St. Petersburg. The result of this work was the 2010 publication of a complete academic catalog (in Russian) of collections related to Eskimo culture at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography: «Эскимосы Алютиик: каталог коллекций Кунсткамеры», СПб, «Наука». 2010 г.
In 2012, the University of Alaska Press (Fairbanks, Alaska, USA) prepared and published the English-language catalog “The Alutiit/Sugpiat: A Catalog of the Collections of the Kunstkamera” (Fairbanks, University of Alaska Press, 2012).
This online catalog has been completed with the support and cooperation of the Consulate General of the USA in St. Petersburg. The Museum expresses its special gratitude to the Consulate General of the USA in St. Petersburg for support of this project at all stages of its implementation.
18.11.2013 | Exhibition “In the Mirror of Time: Dialogue of Cultures in the Russian world” opened in Budapest
In November 7—18, 2013 the Russian Cultural Center in Budapest (Hungary) presented the exhibition “In the Mirror of Time: Dialogue of Cultures in the Russian world” by Prof Efim Rezvan, MAE RAS Deputy Director.
15.11.2013 | Saint-Petersburg Presentation of the “Jonah” project by Efim Rezvan
On November, 4—5, 2013, the Day of National Unity in Russia, the official presentation of “Jonah”, integrated interactive media, scientific and artistic project by Prof Efim Rezvan, the Deputy Director of Kustkamera Museum took place in the Marble Hall of the Russian Museum of Ethnography (Saint-Petersburg). The project is grounded in the outcome of systematic research works of many years on the subject of peculiarities of registering the cultural code of various nations in the ancient myth and ritual systems.
10.10.2013 | Exhibition “Ainu Culture as Viewed from Russia ― From collections of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of Russian Academy of Sciences”
Exhibition “Ainu Culture as Viewed from Russia ― From collections of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of Russian Academy of Sciences” opens in the exhibition halls of Otaru Museum (Otaru, Japan) on October 11, 2013. The first venue of the exhibition will last till November 25, 2013. From December 10, 2013 to February 16, 2013 visitors of Kyushu National Museum (Dazaifu, Japan) will also acquaint with the exhibition.
05.08.2013 | Expedition within the Framework of the “Ijma‘=Concord” project (Sumatra Island, Indonesia)
An expedition journey, which was made as part of the “Ijma‘=Concord” project (headed by Dr Prof Efim Rezvan), took place from April 28 to May 14, 2013. Its target was the island of Sumatra (Indonesia). The itinerary of the journey was as follows: Padang — Ulakan — Pariaman — Lake Maninjau — Koto Gadang — Annai Valley — Bukittinggi — Kota Baru — Pandai Sikek — Padang Panjang — Padang — Palembang — Kemaro Island.
The principal task of the expedition part of the “Ijma‘=Concord” project is the collection of materials that deal with the life of Muslim communities that employ various communicative strategies (interaction — isolationism) under conditions of active coexistence in polyethnic and multidenominational environment. The work in Sumatra continued the study of syncretism in Islam, which was first initiated during the expeditions to Southeastern regions of Ethiopia, Eastern Turkestan and Tibetan areas(2008), to India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu), Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Kazakhstan (2010, 2011). There are also other tasks of the expeditions, which by no means are less significant in scope – the collection of video and photographic material for publishing endeavors and exhibition projects, the acquisition of new ethnographic collections, the establishment of partnership relationships with colleagues from profile scientific centers.