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NEFU scientists talking about history of everyday life and Yakut game culture in the "Our University: Lectures" project
  • 21 February 2018
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NEFU scientists talking about history of everyday life and Yakut game culture in the "Our University: Lectures" project

 Another issues of NEFU educational project "Our University: Lectures" focuse on the history of everyday life and Yakut game culture - the Spring Games of Sakha People.

Aital Yakovlev, the Associate Professor of the Department of the National and World History, Ethnology, Archeology of NEFU Faculty of History noted in his lecture that history can not only be ancient, but be building right now. "Historian masters will begin this semester with a new cycle of lectures "The history of the everyday life of Yakutia." The problem of daily life has been highlighted since the 30-40s of the XX century, when historical science had faced a crisis, and there arised the question: Does it make sense at all to have history as a separate science? Scientists-historians were searching for a way out of this situation, when French school decided to consider such aspect as everyday life,"- the senior lecturer of the historical faculty said.

Aital Yakovlev quoted historians as saying that the history is not set in leaps and bounds, it consists of routine. "The historians of everyday life pay attention to trivial things, to a man's life and to things it consists of: his food, his work, his rituals. Daily life is our ambience, it's things and people," - the scientist said.

Continuing the lecture series on the Yakut game culture, Galina Popova, the Professor of the Department of Culturology of the Institute of Languages ​​and Culture of the Peoples of the North-East drew attention to the spring games of Sakha people. "Folk games help people find themselves, open their talents, so we pay special attention to the Yakut game culture. In the winter, games replaced physical work for children. The ancient Yakuts believed that children must play outdoor games at least once a day,"- Galina Popova shared.

According to the professor, in the game culture of the Yakuts attention is also paid to language games. "It is known that oral speech develops the mind. Various riddles, tongue twisters, animal imitation games develop memory, sharp thinking, and built the vocabulary. Thanks to the language games, we still have not lost our native language," the expert believes.

Every Tuesday and Thursday there are lectures coming out on Youtube-channel of NEFU. The programs are being conducted in three languages: Russian, Yakut and English.

Author: Olga SAVVINOVA, NEFU Newsroom

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