Cultural Heritage of Finno-Ugric Peoples

Websites introducing Finno-Ugric tradition enable us to learn about Estonians’ nearer and farther kindred language speakers, who are the so-called Uralic (Finno-Ugric and Samoyed) peoples. The presented information is diverse and covers different cultural aspects, with the main emphasis on traditional culture (above all, folklore, but also ethnography). Textual materials have been compiled by the cultural experts of respective nations and comprise both original and translated texts. Illustrative material includes pictures, sound recordings and videos. The information is meant for reading and watching both for researchers and those interested in their kindred peoples. The website is constantly renewed.

From the Finno-Ugric cultures, the Komi are given special attention; their culture and language is studied and mediated by Nikolay Kuznetsov. On his initiative a four-language (Komi, Estonian, Russian and English) book on Komi folklore in two volumes (Paul Ariste Komi Folkloor I ja II) has been published. The book comprises folkloric, linguistic and ethnological materials, which were recorded by Paul Ariste from Komi war prisoners in the 1940s.

Photo by Andres Kuperjanov
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