16 November 2009, Monday, 19:51

Days of Perm region Bashkir culture – the new impulse in consolidation of Bashkir nation

author: Marina Shumilova | photo: Andrey Starostin

The Days of Perm region Bashkir culture have taken place in Bashkortostan. The Days have become the successful continuation of the project, initiated by Ministry of culture and national policy RB in 2007, when the 450th anniversary of Bashkiria’s free-will joining Russia was solemnly celebrated in the country. The Days of Bashkir culture of Chelyabinsk region have become the beginning of the project. The Days of Orenburg’s Bashkir culture have taken place in our Republic in 2008. Now Bashkirs of Perm region took the baton.

This wide-scaled project is aimed at revival of Bashkir national self-consciousness, preservation of Bashkir language, development of national Bashkir culture and establishment of closer contacts with the Bashkirs, living in other Russian regions. At present time about 30% of Bashkirs live beyond our Republic and different conditions for studying Bashkir language and development of the national culture are observed in different Russian regions. The Days of Bashkir culture initiate closer contacts in this sphere. Bashkortostan enabled the optimal system for preservation of the international agreement, based on the dialogue between the society and the state and this experience can be undoubtedly interesting for other regions of Russian Federation. It is principally important that the program “Bashkirs of Russian Federation” was worked up in our Republic. Its goal is provision of state support for national and cultural development of Bashkir nation. Republic of Bashkortostan, being the historical motherland and the only place in the world for consolidation of Bashkir nation, intends to contribute to the all-sided social and spiritual-cultural development of Bashkirs, including the Bashkir diaspora.

Bashkirs of the clan GAINA inhabit Perm region from the ancient times. According to the all-Russian population census-2002 Bashkirs stand on the fourth place in the ethnic Perm region’s structure after Russians, Tatars and Komi-Permyaks, making 40,7 thousand people.

Large delegation of Bashkirs from Perm region participated in the Days of Perm Bashkir culture and it consisted of the representatives of state authority, scientists, businessmen and Bashkir amateur folk art collectives. The conference “Perm Bashkirs: history, up-to-dateness and prospects of spiritual development” has taken place in Ufa within the frames of the Days. Scientists, representatives of authority of two regions and the World Bashkir Kurultay were discussing the actual aspects, regarding study of Bashkir language, Bashkir history and development of national culture of the Bashkirs from GAINA-clan. Bashkir national cookery and arts and crafts exhibitions have taken place in the Bashkir State Philharmonic Society.

The Days of Perm Bashkir culture will become a new impulse in consolidation of Bashkir nation – this is the unanimous opinion of all participants of this national unity festival from both regions. Khanty-Mansiysky autonomous district will be the next Russian region, introducing the culture of Bashkir population in our Republic.