"The Arctic" Sakha Republic, RUSSIA

"The Arctic" Sakha Republic, RUSSIA

The spirit of ancestors.

In a small town of Neryungri surrounded by picturesque forests, there was an innovative boarding-school established, named “the Arctic”. Lost in the middle of Russia’s biggest federation unit, the Sakha Republic, the school supports and educates children coming from autochthon families of the North. Since 1999, the young Evenks, Evens, Dolgans, Yukaghir and Chukchi have spent the school year together. “We are roots of the same tree and this tree is Yakutia” – say the boarding-school residents about the land of their forefathers. And the land is really huge, in order to cover the area of the Sakha Republic, one should put five times the territory of France on it. About 40% of the country’s territory is situated beyond the Arctic Circle and it is wholly covered by permafrost, which to a significant degree impacts the regions ecology. 99% of all Russian diamonds are excavated in Yakutia, which constitutes 25% of the world’s resources.

During the school year, the students of “the Arctic” take part in various creative classes, which teach them the spiritual heritage of the indigenous inhabitants of Yakutia. Creating a modern interpretation of folk dance, the “Laredo” group will surprise the Brave Kids’ audience with different techniques of playing the Jew’s harp, throat singing and performances: “Hunters initiation”, “Tale of a bear’s ancestor” and
“The deer’s holy spirit”.