28 October 2009, Wednesday, 11:57

Tatar historical-cultural center “Kilimovo” carefully preserves national traditions

author: Marina Shumilova

There are many places in Bashkortostan, which are compactly inhabited by Tatar population of the Republic and the historical-cultural center “KILIMOVO” – the real nest of Tatar national culture in Bashkortostan – works on one of such territories since 2005.

The village has rich history. The scientists report the first settlements had appeared here in the 15th century but the village itself started developing only in the middle of the XVIII century when the village and the left bank of the river CHERMASAN were presented to one of Russian army servicemen by the Empress Katherine the Second. The descendants of this serviceman had erected the mosque here in 1821 and in 1848 finished the local palace and the country estate. In 1995 this architectural ensemble was included into the list of the objects of historical and cultural heritage. The mosque was fully restored in 2002. Reconstruction of the palace and the estate will be over in 2010. The social-cultural center “KILIMOVO” will be located here, including the Tatar historical-cultural center, now located in the local culture home.

The Tatar historical-cultural center “KILIMOVO” gradually restores national homecrafts and ancient festival and riots, such as “KAZ OMESE”, “ORCHYK OMESE” and others. The Tatar folklore group “KHATIRA”, the ensemble of bayan-players and the national theater work under the center.

Children from four nearby villages study at KILIMOVO secondary school and there are two museums under this school – the ethnographic and the local lore one. Such attitude to history and national culture is the best way to preserve national self-consciousness and historical memory of a nation. The school has well-equipped cabinets of Tatar and Bashkir languages and all pupils here study not just native languages but Russian and English too. This approach to study of the languages also demonstrates the combinations of old traditions and up-to-dateness in education and upbringing.

For Buzdiaksky region of Bashkortostan this center opens new prospects and new investment projects in sphere of tourism and rest and today it is important for the whole Republic, having the richest potential – natural and historical-cultural – for attraction of Russian and foreign tourists.