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Navajo/Yakuts Cultural Summit, Yakutsk, Russia (March 1-7, 2016)
The Navajo/Yakuts Cultural Summit in Yakutsk was a great success.
- Navajo cultural authorities Ruth and Edison Bitsui
- Navajo educator Leandra Thomas
- President of Navajo Technical University, Elmer Guy, and
- Navajo designer Virginia Ballenger
A seven hour flight to Yakutsk from from the United States Consulate in Vladivostok had arranged a full schedule indeed - they did great work. Virginia met with Yakuts models and began preparing for the upcoming show while the rest of us visited the trade fair full of artists and crafts people from all over Yakutia. Elmer Guy went to meet with administrators and faculty at the local university while the rest of us went to a kindergarten that was most impressive, especially for Leandra who teaches first grade in an all-Navajo elementary school in Arizona - instruction in Russian and Yakuts, and they’re learning English. Classes in dance and sports and swimming, a beautiful building - clearly a major effort on the part of many people.
And then, one of the highlights - a wonderful and exciting show of fashions from designers from Yakutsk, Central Asia and Mongolia and Virginia's work was superb. We were all so proud of her - beautiful designs from a great designer. Brava!!!!!!! I had produced a show for her ten years ago in Moscow with the US embassy. It was a moment I had thought about for years - another overseas show - and it was just so fulfilling.
The consulate also arranged for the group to speak about Navajo life to students in a special English program sponsored by the State Department for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A great experience!
And that evening a surprise that was totally unexpected, and absolutely incredible. It was listed on our schedule as “dinner with Mikhael Ershov” and others of Elleada. I had met him last year - he is the director of a major festival whom I had met last year (and who showed me how to mat wrestle). It turned out to be an evening in a Yakuts temple festooned with prayer offerings, greeted by Mikhael and by Viliam Fedorovich Yakovlev. He is the director of the Isiakh Tuimaada Architectural and Ethnographic Center in Us Khatin, Yakutia, Russia. I had met him when I toured a group of Siberian leaders to meet the President of the Navajo Nation a few years ago and hadn’t seen him since. What an unexpected pleasure. We were greeted by Yakuts women offering kumiss (fermented mare's milk). We sat down in the temple and one of the leading Yakuts shamans blessed us with fire and then invited us to take horsehair and put it in the fire while thinking of something important to us. His chanting was powerful indeed and then we sat down to what can only be described as a Yakuts feast while a women's chorus sang traditional Yakuts songs. Kumiss, roasted local fish, shaved frozen fish, whipped cream and so much more and of course, lots of tea!
And at last, a farewell banquet sponsored by the city of Yakutsk. Wonderful food, great memories, great hosts--and this is just the first step towards great things in the future!
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Zimbabwe (January, 2016)
Gordon Bronitsky has been invited to Lupane State University in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as visiting Fulbright Senior Fellow for 3 serial visits beginning 25 July 2016. Click here or on the image below to read the full letter.
Algeria (August, 2015)
The Chinle Valley Singers at the US embassy, Algiers, Algeria:
And this is an image of a news story about their visit:
Gordon Bronitsky’s most recent article about his work, Doing Anthropology--Full Tilt, Full Time, was published in A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology, edited by Riall Nolan. If you’d like to know how Gordon Bronitsky got to where he is, or where he’s going, this article is a good place to start - click here to read it.
A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology is available on Amazon.com.