12 November 2009, Thursday, 10:48

Days of Perm Bashkir culture start in Bashkortostan

author: Marina Shumilova

The Days of Perm Bashkir culture start in Bashkortostan today and delegation of the Bashkirs from Perm region – about 150 people – is arriving in Ufa today: representatives of regional authority, scientists, businessmen, Bashkir amateur folk groups etc. The delegation is headed by the active minister of culture and mass communications of Perm region Alexander Protasevitch.

Within the frames of the Days the conference “Perm Bashkirs: history, up-to-dateness and prospects of spiritual development” will be held in Ufa on November 13. Representatives of Bashkortostan’s authority, the World Bashkir Kurultay (Congress), national public communities and well-known scientists will take part in its work. Arts and crafts exhibitions, exhibitions of national Bashkir cookery, book and audio fairs will be opened in the Bashkir State Philharmonic Society. The big show of Bashkir amateur folk groups from Perm region will become the culmination of the Days.

These Days will continue the project of Ministry of culture and national politics RB “Bashkirs in Russian regions”, aimed at revival of national consciousness of Bashkir nation, preservation of Bashkir language, development of Bashkir national culture and traditions and at establishment of closer contacts between the Bashkirs, living in different Russian regions, with Republic of Bashkortostan. The project started in 2007, when our Republic solemnly celebrated the 450th anniversary of Bashkiria’s free-will joining Russia. The Days of Bashkir culture of Chelyabinsk region opened the project. The Days of Orenburg’s Bashkir culture were held in 2008. Now the Bashkirs of Perm region take the baton.

At present time about 30% of Bashkirs live beyond Bashkortostan and Bashkirs from the clan of GAINA live in Perm region from the ancient times. According to the Russian population census-2002 Bashkir population stands on the fourth place in the ethnic structure of Perm region after Russians, Tatars and Komi-Permyaks, making 40,7 thousand people.