National Holidays of the North people of Kamchatka
Alkhalalalay (national Itelmen holiday) will take place since the 7th till the 10th of September in Kovran village.
Ololo (national Koryak holiday) - in the 15th of October in Lesnaya village (settlement Palana).
Hololo (national Koryak holiday) - in November in Karaga village.
Bystrinsky Region will celebrate its day of establishment (it's 70-years old) in the 12th of August.
Even Folk Troupe Nulgur
National folk song-and-dance group Nulgur
(translated from the Evens language as nomads) was
founded in 1985. This troupe has chosen a thorny path of the revival
and stage creation of the best samples of Kamchatka natives
folklore. The Bystrinsky region of Kamchatka is mostly inhabited by
natives called the Evens. That is why the large part of the groups
repertoire consists of the Evens folk songs, dances and fairy-tales.
For the three past years, this folk group introduced their concert
program to the audiences in Kamchatka, Moscow, and abroad.
1996 The Days of The Evens culture in Kamchatka.
1997 The Days of The Evens culture in Moscow. Nulgur participated in concerts devoted to the 300 years anniversary of Kamchatkas joining Russia.
1998 The group gave a number of concerts, appearing at the stage of The Museum of Natural History in New York City (USA).
1998 This folk group became a laureate of The Regional Folklore Festival of the Indigenous People of Kamchatka Zolotye Rodniki 98 (golden springs).
March Nulgur made a tour over Kamchatka (2400 km
long) and participated in the final gala-concert organized to celebrate
the 55th birthday of A.V.Gyl, the founder of Koryaks folk
1999, May They became a laureate of The Regional Folklore
Festival of the Indigenous People of Kamchatka Zolotye Rodniki
1999, May Nulgur soloists were awarded the Diplomas of Laureate in All-Russian Folklore Festival of the Peoples of the North Severnoye Siyanie (northern lights).
This folk group consists of 16 artists of an average age of 25. In the nearest future they think about creating a new professional folk song-and-dance group on the basis of Nulgur.
The Program of the National Even Folk Group Nulgur
- The Dawn. It is the Even lyrical dance. It
is the early morning. Deer herders admire the dawn. The young women
appear on the glade inviting the young men for a dance. The Sun
shines over the couples and gives its warmth to everybody.
- Munikkan. It is a dance of deer herders. Munikkan
and Konaldukh are musical instruments. In ordinary life these instruments
are used for gathering deer, but at the feast time every person
tries to perform the best dance and tune on these instruments. The
sound of every single instrument depends on its size.
- Swan Song. This dance, which expresses the
relationship between a swan couple through their love dance, is
based on the Even folklore.
- Hede. It is the Even group dance.
- Bridegroom. It is the Even comic dance.
- Tchavchuvensky dance. It is the dance of North
Koryaks that imitates fast movements of reindeers and their reserved
- Nymylansky dance. It is performed by women
only. This is a Coast Koryak dance that differs from other Koryak
dances by its special dance technique.
- Timbrel-players. It is a dance that demonstrates
the skills of men in playing the timbrel.
- Seals. This dance is an adagio from the new
play of A.Gyl, a founder of Koryaks folk group Mengo.
It represents a court play of the seals.
- Seagulls. It is a dance that imitates the movements,
character, and squawking of these beautiful marine birds.
- Urildychi. It is the Itelmen dance that demonstrates
the temper and charm of this tribe.
singing. This dance is accompanied by guttural singing
that exactly reproduces the sounds of birds and animals in tundra.
- Norgali. It is a dance of all the tribes of
Kamchatka that is usually performed at all national holidays. It
is based on the improvisation and is accompanied by tribal songs
and sounds of timbrel.
- Budyna Song. This is a song of a young deer
herder. In this song he asks his deer to bring him to his beloved
as soon as possible. The woman waits for him to come every day,
staring far over the blue hills and up the stream. The deer herder
asks the wind to blow over his beloved tenderly called Sunny,
and tell her about the love of her man.
- Amduur Song. This song tells about the warmth
of the hearth, about the faithful wife and lovely children waiting
for their husband and father to come back after a long way, where
he can have a cup of hot tea and think of the future.
- Hede Song. It is a round dance in honor of
Mother-Sun and Father-Heaven. The circle movement of dancers symbolizes
the way of the Sun in the sky, as a source of life, light and eternity.
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