Yakutsk. November 25. INTERFAX – FAR EAST – The head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, has awarded scholarships to olonkhosuts (folk storytellers – IF), osuokhay singers and blacksmiths, the press service of the government of the republic reports.
“Scholarships were awarded to seven olonkhosuts, seven osuokhai leaders and seven blacksmiths for merits in the revival, preservation and dissemination of the Yakut heroic epic Olonkho, traditional culture, blacksmithing, participation in the public life of the republic, familiarizing children and youth with the traditional cultural heritage,” the statement says. in the message.
The scholarship is awarded for the first year, its amount is 30 thousand rubles. It is appointed based on the results of competitive selection.
It is clarified that for special merits in the development of blacksmithing, a lifetime scholarship was awarded to the famous blacksmith, folk master Boris Neustroev-Mandar Uus.
“We present certificates to the best olonkhosuts, osuokhai singers and blacksmiths, recognizing their talent and great contribution to the preservation and development of traditional culture. This is one of the republic’s projects implemented in the year of the cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia,” Nikolaev’s press service quotes.
As reported, the head of Yakutia signed a decree on the creation of a unified system of Olonkho houses and established scholarships for epic narrators.
7.56 million rubles will be provided annually for the payment of scholarships in the state budget of the republic.
Olonkho is an ancient epic art of the Yakuts. In 2009, UNESCO included it in its list of “Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. The term “olonkho” denotes both the epic tradition as a whole and the names of individual legends. Poems, the average length of which is 10-15 thousand poetic lines, are performed by folk storytellers (olonkhosuts).