Yugra State University has kicked off an away academic event as a part of the "Integration" Interdisciplinary Center Project powered by the Law Institute.

Assistant professor, YUSU Department of History, Philosophy and Law Tatiana Moldanova delivered a lecture "Bear Games of Northern Khanty: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Russia" for school students in the indigenous village of Kyshik, Ugra, with the local rural library to host the event.

In her lecture, the speaker focused on the fact that the "cult of bear" – worshiping the most powerful and dangerous taiga beast – was typical for many peoples of the world living in taiga areas. Being indigenous to the Ugra region, Khanty and Mansi feature this cult as well, which has remained intact till the ethnographic modernity, and for the greater part has survived to nowadays.

Tatiana Moldanova noted that the Northern Khanty ceremonial bear games routine joined the Russian Federal Intangible Cultural Heritage Catalogue in 2016. She introduced the concept and composition of the ritual to the school children, emphasizing specific elements of the ceremonial routine, demonstrated its preservation status and highlighted key issues of transferring the ritual routine to the computer-age youth.

The lecture was complemented with dramatic sketches referred to bear games. Hight school students Petr Moldanov and Aleksandr Kravchenko – attendees of the Regional Bear Games School at the local Arts Center – volunteered to assist the university guest. After the lecture, all present could try drama sketches acting and dancing traditionally performed during the ritual.

The lecture has broken ice in a series of away events initiated by the YUSU Law Institute serving the purpose to strengthen cooperation between Yugra State University and schools in Ugra. The project is meant to advise teachers on project activity basics, to hold school coordination meetings, discussion clubs on social and humanitarian issues, Young Historian School, University Saturday, conferences, academic contests, etc.

"The project provides for improving education programs in humanities, History in particular. School students are expected to become motivated for personal progress and gaining solid knowledge and skills," Natalia Kharina, Integration Interdisciplinary Center Project leader explained. "Also, I would like to highlight two project-related events. The Round Table for Khanty-Mansiysk school teachers 'Current Issues of School and University Education Integration Based on Interdisciplinary Cooperation' and the Lecture 'What Is Nanotechnology? Science at Mankind Service' by Dr. Igor Fedulov, Deputy Director for Academics, Law Institute, Yugra State University". 

English version by Azat Garipov.

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