THE RED BOOK
OF THE PEOPLES
OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE
GuestbookThank you for your interest in the fate of small peoples.
A wonderfully interesting site. I hope someone can help with some research of mine. I am trying to find information on a people or community who I am told have no need of prisons in their culture. Another aspect of their life is that it is customary when a couple divorce that they exchange token gifts and custody of children is dealt with on the basis that the father gets custody of any male children and the mother, the female children.
I'd be grateful to hear from anyone who can throw any light on my enquiry.
my grandfather immigrated from chechenya in the early 20th century and stayed in syria city of Qunaitera. My mother's father originally is from adegey Maiqup,i am interested in caucassian folk music and dance very much.
Me ha gustado mucho vuestro libro. Os escribo en español, pues el ingles lo escribo muy mal. Adios.
Very useful site, but PLEASE add the Ossetians in your peoples-list. Farewell.
Greetings comrades! The website La Droite Nationaliste is back! Please visit us at : HTTP://nationalisme.cjb.net More than 1800 nationalist links!
Thanks, the article on the Dolgans was very useful. Will use the information in my class.
Thank you for the extensive information and the maps! This is the best cache of information I've ever found regarding little known groups of people-many on the "doorstep" of Sweden.
We recently adopted a beautiful child who's Nationality is Chuvash. We would like to teach our child about his heritage. Any information would be very helpful.
Thanks a lot for so wonderful work. Your site is one of my favourit and I like visiting it. I tried to find information about Komi-Permiak people but did not find. Seems like you missed quite many peoples: Komi, Komi-Permiaks, Kalmyks (Culmucks), Bashkirs, Udmurts, Mari, Volga Tatars, Ukrainian/Polish Armenians, Ruthenians (Rusyns), Yakuts (Yakutians), Karakalpaks, Russian Ukrainians (this is the major ethnic group in Russia after the Russians and you skipped them!! Russian Ukrainians have no Ukrainian school, no newpspapers, no national rights in Russia!!) and many more!! It is my suggestions to add info on these peoples too as well on all peoples of former Soviet Union, like Estonians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Armenians, Kazakhs and all others (an all others who suffered so much from russification and deportations to Siberia) to have all the peoples, since many scholars and vistors seek ethnic and cultural information here on these peoples too. And Ukrainians and Ukrainian language are also endangeroud even in independent Ukraine!! Eastern Ukraine is nearly completely russified!!! Moreover Byelorussia, where you will not hear even Byelorussian language! It is my suggestion to change your selective criterias and enlarge your site making it more comprehensive this way! See my site on my town Berezhany in West Ukraine: http://www.syslab.ceu.hu/~roman/berezhany.htm
My research focus has been the Canadian High Arctic, but I have begun to consider the other major regions of the circum-polar world. This site provides an excellent, throrough reference for the indigineous-ethnic side of arctic research. My compliments on your hard work and research. I hope this site helps to raise awareness of the increasingly desparate situation faced by the indigenous northerners.
The site is excellent.
As native baltic, living 30 years in Tallinn I would like to complain against Bob Smiths comment, 50% of baltic populations(russian speaking) ARE NOT BILINGUAL! Estonian and Latvian capital cities are still occupied by russian faschists. Fact.
I am interested in separatist movements throughout the world. As a minority myself, I have tried to understand the underlying causes of ethnic problems. I have concluded that all separatist movements, such as East Timor, Kosovo, Tibet, Chechnya, Corsica, the Basques, etc., all have a common underlying cause. I explain my belief as to what this common underlying cause is. Please check out my web page. For those of you who take a look at my explanation, I thank you for your time.
Hi there! just surfing & thought I would say nice site...
I would like people to be aware that there is an organization, the London Association of Primal Psychotherapy, that uses our name as an acronym; i.e., LAPP. The comments on the website of this organization by a Dr. Miller indicate that the founder of the organization is somewhat disreputable. Thus, beyond the inherent predjudical slam on the Sami people (I think its the "Primal" that gets to me), the organization is tainting our name by its reputation. Please join me in complaining to the parent organization, the UK Council for Psychotherapy so that our good name can be preserved. Email them at: ukcp::psychotherapy.org.uk
William M. Lapp, Ph.D. Psychologist
How exciting this is!!! Became recently a subscriber to Lithuanian Geneology e-group - and they gave me this web-address! Now, my husband (albinas vaiciulis) claims his gr.mother was talking abt. mongolian influence in their family......I have just started researching this interesting bit of history! His mother's maiden name and consequently his gr.mothers name was KEHLERT which sounds absolutely GERMAN to me? Does anyone know, whether the germans come into this somehow?? But they definately never spoke any german back home in Siluva/Lithuania! Also his gr.mother said she was from Russia??? How does this all go together? Thanks. Andrea
I am interested to find out if the circassians, also known as (Cherkess) or (Adiga) who reside in the autonomous republic of Adegey have been researched to be apart of (The Red Book). also where are the Chechens and the Daghistani's ?? Thank You Bassem Qardan
Please take a look at my web site: http://www.tatar.net It contains links to many information resources about Tatars.
I had a dream last night that I maybe called to serve the jews of Russia who are in poverty. I know almost nothing about Russia and its miniority people groups. Your site came up and ...wow...I struck pay dirt. Thanks alot. I've added you to my list of favorite pages and will visit often to research my potential destiny.
Let justice roll on Amos 5:24
congragulations..succesful site..I am Crimean Turk, or Tatar with another saying.my ancestors had to migrate from there in 19th century like many other hundreds of thousands.I support all the freedom and liberty struggles of any nations,big or small,suffering under the barbaric and bloody rule of Russia for centuries.none should give up struggling..russia is getting weaker and weaker every day,going through a holy disaster.it is the biggest massacrer and murderer of the history and it will pay for all..tatars,chechens,daghestan,all the slaves will get free..
Hello! Your website is great. The minorities are in terrible conditions in Russia. I would like to say that even though Buryats are not so few in Russia ( about 350 000 ) and have a republic and two districts, the oppression that constantly is made on them is terrible. During Communism Buryats were persecuted. And during the democracy Buryat national awareness slowly fades away. This is tragic. Many young Buryats can't speak their own language. Stop it! No more! Freedom to Buryatia!
Kalmyks' fate is also one of the saddest stories. Their exodus from Western Mongolia. The deportation of a whole Kalmyk nation to Siberia during Stalin. We have to raise our voices in support of our fellow brothers and sisters of common Mongolian origin.
China and Russia grasped my brother nations and humiliate them. Stop! No more!
Mongolian nations should be free! Raise your voices in support of Panmongolism!
thank you for this very beuitiful site, really well done work. i think that these information will be usefull for all world and espessially for all turkish nation in the world. i did't think that there kipchak (polovtsy, kuman) peaple in the world but fortunetily there are in west europe. and thank you for this graet work.
Great job, one of the best I've seen on internet.
I am trying to research anyone who's name is resnick or resnickas (litvak) my father came from Shirvant, Lithuania now called Sirvintos, Lithuania. Although my father, Benjamin, came to the United States in 1910 on the Lusitania there were many Resnicks left in Lithuania and subsequently killed by the Litvaks or the Germans. If anyone thinks that they be related, I would like to hear from you. Some time the name Resnick is spelled Reznik.
Your website about national minorities of former Soviet Union is really good. It was needed to let the world see how Russian "national policy" works.
Mongolia and Estonia were once a part of the socialism and we pretty well know what Communism and Russians are.
Take care and keep on going with your noble cause.
A great work, keep it up!!! Check my website, I hope you'll like it.
I'm awed by the depth of research and dedication that's gone into this site - a stupendous piece of work! I shall come back and visit often, there's a wealth of material here I plan to study! :-)
Thank you for providing this goldmine of information about the people of Russia. I am studying anthropology and would also like to know if this is available in book form. I will be sure to tell my classmates of this source of information and thank you for your help. I would like to hear from anyone who is also interested in this subject.
This site content is anti-Russian propaganda now sponsored by CIA before by comunist conspiracy. Nobody have right to show russian people like that. Comunist conspiracy kill 80.000.000 russians. Continuity of aggression against Russians is evidence.
OIKEIN HYVÄ ETTÄ SUOMALAIS-UGRILAISIA KIELIÄ ALOITETAAN PUOLUSTAMAAN!!! SUOMEN, KARJALAN, INKERIN, VIRON, LYYDIN JA LIIVINKIELTÄ JA NÄIDEN KANSOJEN ASEMAA TULEE VAHVISTAA, KAIKIN MAHDOLLISIN KEINOIN. SORRON JA SEKASORRON AJAT OLKOON OHI, MEIDÄN YHTEISESSÄ HISTORIASSAMME, EUROOPAN POHJOISOSASSA. PUOLUSTAKAAMME OIKEUKSIAMME NIINKUIN INDOEUROOPPALAISETKIN KIELET TEKEVÄT. PROTECT THE LANGUAGES OF NORTHERN EUROPE!!!
(En Ido, linguo internaciona): Danko pro vua interesanta situo. Me interesas pri lingui e populi dil 'oriento'. Me reklamos vua pagini inter mea amiki.
I hope you can keep this on the internet, it is just what I was looking for to help me learn about the peoples of the russian empire area. I am a forest technician working for the montagnais-naskapi in labrador. Incidentally should anyone wish to know about this branch of the eastern cree peoples please contact me at 1-709-497-8398 and I would be happy to send information.
Again thankyou for this wonderful site.
An extremely interesting website!
I would very much like to know if there is a record of the use of nettle fibre by the Itelmen people to make textiles or rope. Are they still doing this? Thank you for your help.
Wow. Really great site. A serious endeavor in cultural geography. This is perhaps THE most comprehensive site about the ethnic groups of Russia. I stand in awe of the dedication it took to piece all of this information together.
i'm looking for internet sites about the small (?) - malochislennye narody - peoples in the north of russian federation in russian language. where can i find information about this people?
This compilation looks very interesting, and I would like to review it in its entirety.
Is there any way I can order a copy from you?
Regards, Matt Swadener Tokyo, Japan 5/17
More than a comment, this is help I am asking you !
I am doing a research for the World Health Organization (WHO) on programmes relevant to health and Indigenous Peoples in order to get an overview of the situation worldwide and settle down a new basis for its policy for the 21st century.
I would be very thanksfull to all of you to provide me with any relevant information.
This is a great site; a true treasure of the web. My god child lives in Latvia; she is a descendant of the Livonian people and attends a Livonian camp each summer, as they Livonian language alive, at least in a ceremonial form.
Hello!!!I visited your site,it`s good.So I`m from Tuva,do you know where is it?Write me if you have any q-ions to me...
"Anthropologically, the Khants arerepresentatives of the Uralic race. Over half of their racial characteristics are predominantly Mongoloid (particularly in the Beryozovo region). They are short (the average height for men is 158 cm and for women 146 cm), and their broad-shouldered stocky trunk has a characteristic convexity. They have narrow eyes and high cheek-bones and their eyes and hair are dark."
As an student of social anthropology I wonder if such terminology is still "recent" and necessary today. This reminds me on further "examinations" during the 20ies and with racial categorization. I think we should overcome these things and foster on other problems.
This is truly fascinating. Great detailed stuff about these peoples of the empire. Keep up the good work!!
Just to say that I found your website extremely interesting and I entirely share your fears for the futures of small nations still trapped under Russian rule.
Regards Edward Lucas Moscow correspondent The Economist
An ABC - book (a primer) is the first book for teaching and learning to read. The very first ABC -books appeared in the Middle Ages in xylograph (wood-carving) before the art of book printing was invented. One of such ABC- books has been preserved in the Milan library and it has drawings made by Leonardo da Vinci. An ABC-book is a reflection of a people’s mentality. It is a miniature encyclopaedia in which the knowledge of the achievements in different spheres of life, geography, a nation’s history and culture is given. This first elementary school- book is a symbiosis of pedagogics and linguistics. It is a symbol of knowledge and school.
The old joiner Gepetto sold his coat in order to buy a book for a wooden doll Pinocchio. Of course, that book was a primer!
The mission of an ABC- book is to lead little tots into the world of letters, to teach them to read their mother tongue. With an ABC-book the ascent of the mountain of knowledge begins. The higher one goes, the wider the horizon opens.
ABC-books are as different as nations and languages are: for children in kindergartens, for the first class pupils, for the grown-ups, for the blind, for the deaf... Diversity and uniqueness in the world of the ABC-books are really admirable, just like the wonders of the world of languages themselves:
The surprising diversity of ABC- books depends upon the inner structure of a language, a teaching method (spelling, hearing/sound, analytical, synthetical, global....), polygraphic possibilities, a nation’s mentality. In a primer just like in a water drop the demands of the epoch and the level of a nation’s culture are reflected. It is a graphic example how a nation uses its head and how the nation thinks about its children’s future.
There are about 2,000 ABC-books in my collection. They are from some 150 countries and in some 280 languages and dialects. The collection has been exhibited 100 times in museums, libraries, schools and clubs of Latvia. But in 1987, in Moscow in the Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy of the USSR, the collection was awarded a silver medal.
Together with the philologist Lidija Leikuma, I have written a primer (in two parts) in the Latgalian language (1992). It has been displayed in the World’s VIP Centre in Shenzhen, China (Hall No. 1, Counter No. 902).
In 1996 my Latvian primer (with two work books and methodological recommendations) was published. It was displayed in the International Book Fair in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) in October 1996.
I have written an ABC-book and a reader in the local dialect of Purlova of the Latgalian language.
I have been corresponding and exchanging primers with other collectors of those most interesting books in Latvia, Slovenia, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Saha (Yakutia), Kazakhstan and the Ukraine.
Anyone who can help me to enrich my collection is welcome.
JURIS CIBULS a/k 147 Riga, LV-1050 LATVIJA – LETTONIE e-posts: arej::np.vita.gov.lv juriscibuls::hotmail.com
I find your website most informative; however, all I ask of you is that you create a second 'Red Book', expanded to cover all the minority nations of Europe and/or Eurasia. Such a work is lacking, even on the internet. Examples of language - consisting of a brief paragraph or three, perhaps the Lord's Prayer - could be given to highlight similarities and differences. With your skills, your precision and your dedication, I do not feel this would be a difficult undertaking; indeed it could turn out to be great fun. Please contact me and I will assist you in any way I can. Go raibh mile maith agat.
I'm sure you've heard it before, but this really is a top-notch website. Nowhere else have I found anything in detail about the Livonian people, and yet here the whole nation, its history, language and precise numbers are summarised. I am particularly interested in the minority nations of the Russian Federation, primarily the Uralic peoples, but the access your site allows to other nations is excellent. I myself am half-Cornish and half-Irish and so am fully aware of the constant struggle of the smaller nations for recognition in this imperialised world.
The Cornish nation resides in Cornwall (Corn. Kernow), which is in the southwest of the island of Britain. The Cornish language is Brythonic Celtic and closely related to Breton and Welsh and, more distantly, Irish and Scots Gaelic. The Cornish nation numbered 468,425 in the 1991 census but is treated as an internal colony of England, administered as a 'county'. Like many other minority nations, the history of the Cornish nation is one of insidious and gradual political absorption by a stronger neighbour, and so parallels Livonians, Karelians, Saami, Nenets et al.
Both Britain and the Russian Federation remain empires (witness Russia's horrific treatment of the Chechen nation and Britain's involvement in the north of Ireland) and it is the duty of smaller nations to seek a freedom and peace in which their own unique language, history and futures can be cherished and nurtured and free from extinction.
Thank you for a wonderful website in which smaller nations gain the recognition so often denied them in the cruel world of imperialist Europe.
Go raibh maith agat le d'aimsir agus le d'oibre.
Since I found this site it has been a source of rich information that previously was only found in libraries in many far flung places.
How about modern Estonia where almost a half of population has no recognition as a separate nation; seems that they have no civil rights at all! Isn't it a modern prison of nations? Your western neighbor Latvia did go even probably further.
Why you, "national ethnographers" do not rise your voice against discrimination similar to what happened with other nations in FSU?
I must admit that USA did not go further. Do we have "South Dakota district", or "Cherokee autonomy oblast"? Sure not.
A simple comparison shows that indeed national cultural opportunities in FSU were much higher than in modern semi-fascistic Baltic countries or even in liberal Western many countries. UK, for example, just recently adopted Scottish parliament, while Estonia had had it within USSR from the beginning. I hve visited Baltic countries twice, before the collapse of USSR, and then after. While Russians had kept bi-lingual everywhere, new regimes are trying to push the official language in areas when people don't speak it at all. The most amazing is that after being oppressed, Latvians, Estoninas, and, though in much lesser extend, Lithuaninas became even much more oppressors prohibiting official use of Russian language in overwhelmingly Russian- speaking populated areas.
Regards, Bob J. Smith, CSO Prodvincell Inc, San Diego, CA USA
I enjoyed your site and have returned to it often in my research.Do you know of any sites that may have information on a tribes called the Curonians,Latgallians,Selonians,and the Semgallians? All from the Baltic area. Thank you.
wer kann mir helfen? ich bin auf der suche nach einem russischen rechtsanwalt aus tomsk oder novosibirsk (strafrecht oder zollangelegenheiten. außerdem suche ich nach personen welche in der ehemaligen ddr stationiert waren. bitte nehmen sie kontakt zu mir auf.
This has been a good insite into the russian people, I have learnt a lot from your site, the world needs to be aware of its history. Thank You, R, Scott.
I want these people to have identiy to all the rests of the world. We need a good book telling about these people culture and history.
love your site. Not sure about the correctness, but find that these forgotten people interesting.
Can you help us reach these many peoples?
Hi. My name is Mark. I'm a member of the Pajaspuypayem (AKA Paipai)
Native American/American Indian/First Nations/Indigenous people here in the
USA. Along with 12 other Native students (various tribes), I'm helping to
make a webpage that will have the unity message "Let's all work together!"
(or similar one "We have to live together in peace.") translated into many
languages. So far we only have 200 of the world's 6700 languages.
We need help finding more peoples who would like to participate.
We want to include everyone. Can you help us translate? Do you know
anyone who would? Please contact us:
Hola. Me llamo Mark. Soy un miembro de la gente indigena Pajaspuypayem
(tambien conocidos como los Paipai). Junto con otros 12 estudiantes
(de varias tribus), estamos creando un pagina web con el mensaje de la
unidad "!Trabajemos todos juntos!" (o algo parecido a "!Vivamos juntos
en paz!") traducido a muchos lenguajes. Ahora mismo solo tenemos 200
de los 6700 lenguajes que existen en el mundo. Necesitamos encontrar
gente que quiera participar. Queremos incluir a todo el mundo.
?Pueden ayudarnos con la traduccion? ?Conocen a alguien que pueda?
Por favor, los interesados ponganse en contacto con:
Matb ya:mpa:bk / Tenemos que cuidar la tierra / We're responsible for the earth.
vse horosho. sdelajte eshe.
Thank you for a wonderful site! I am a Greek-born Australian-American, who maintains most of the Greek traditions including the religion--Greek Orthodox. In this respect, I feel very close to the people of the Aleutians, as many of them are Orthodox and maintain similar customs to mine. Two years ago, a group of Aleuts were invited to attend a Folk Dance Festival in Ontario, California. It was a wonderful experience to meet our brothers and sisters and to enjoy their vibrant performances. Is there any way, we can correspond to someone from the Aleutians? I have some wonderful photos and videos to remind us of them. My 10 year-old son is currently doing a project on the Aleuts and his task is to write about their religion (including customs and ceremonies) and their traditional and modern clothing. Any references that you recommend? Of course we can go to the library, but it is oh! so nice to hear from the actual people. Personally, I am interested in people and culture all around the world as I am both an educator and an ethnographer. Hopefully one day we can visit your beautiful islands. Thank you.
I miss the Ossetians, Chechens and Ingush. Both ethnically and linguistically, these are historically important populations.
For instance, some Ossetians claim to be descended from Scythians. Others claim Sarmatian/Alan origins. Their language is now classified as Iranian.
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