Thank you for your interest in the fate of small peoples.

I think the work you've done is really great!!! Your site is very interesting and creative, but in my opinion, it would be even better if you could add some pictures (of native people, or their native land) Even though I am a native Russian, my country is Latvia where ethnic tension is common. I really hope that the nations you talked about in your book, will survive with their cultural heritage and language. Thanks!!

Andrew Kurlow
U.S. -- Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 03:43:26 (EET)

Fabulous site for millions of peoples!

Vivian McMahon
-- Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 04:02:41 (EET)

interested in all small and minoritary languages in order to have the menu of my restaurant translated into these languages and contribute to keep them alive .please contact me. josep m. ribas. SPAIN

spain -- Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 00:40:43 (EET)

A very educational site. Thank you so much. Small nations or peoples have much to contribute to the world. Their unique and rich cultures and languages can teach us much. Your work is an enormous accomplishment. It will help many people trace their roots. Best regards.

Eva O'Keefe
USA -- Monday, December 13, 1999 at 05:29:52 (EET)

My grandparents came from Russia in the early 1900's, and I still have cousins that live there and I would like to know if I can contact any of them. The American spelling of the last name is DUPNOCK, My Uncle's first name was Metro and he never left Russia, his brother is my father, Michael Dupnock. There is a Steve, Eva, Anna, Mary, Andrew, that were born in the U.S., Metro was the only one born and stayed in Russia. My Grandparents first names were Fedor(Frank) and Anna. If anyone could locate my family I sure would appreciate it, please E-mail me at the E-mail published.

Rose Clair
US -- Wednesday, December 01, 1999 at 19:28:43 (EET)

Nice book. It seems to be a comlete reference. I didn't find Bashkirs and Volga Tatars amog the turkic ethnies, I think they represent an interesting case too. Thank you. Claudius.

France -- Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 16:10:23 (EET)

Hi! I would like to introduce you to my beautiful homepage:

Germany -- Friday, November 26, 1999 at 16:52:21 (EET)

I was just wondering if you ever heard of the Kosacks? Not sure if I spelled that right.

Us -- Wednesday, November 24, 1999 at 06:16:25 (EET)

Congratulazioni! Un libro veramente importante sotto tutti i punti di vista.

Alessandro Dieghi
italy -- Saturday, November 20, 1999 at 00:30:42 (EET)

Good Book Needs some updates, but the idea is great.

Georgia (Sakartvelo) -- Friday, November 12, 1999 at 19:07:33 (EET)

It was very interesting to learn of the existance of Jewish people for hundreds of years in the Republic of Georgia. Thanks for the history leason.

Irwin Betheil
USA -- Monday, November 08, 1999 at 07:31:49 (EET)

I found the idea behind this website very useful and congratulate you on this huge project. There are so many different ethnic groups in the Soviet Union that it is a very difficult to cover them all. However, I noticed significant absences of formerly deported peoples such as the Meskhetian Turks, Kalmyks, Koreans, Ingush, Germans, Chechens. You only have the Crimean Tatars as far as I could tell. May I suggest that, if you have plans to update this website that you include these groups? There have been some very good publications recently on the Meskhetian Turks and Crimean Tatars by Forced Migration Projects and IOM.

Farimah Daftary
Germany -- Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 15:52:03 (EET)

Marvelous resource. Does it exist as a physical book or only on the web? I have stumbled onto it several times while looking for info on various Central Asian/Turkic peoples, and finally decided to take a look at the whole book rather than just one or another article. It is a wonderful idea; I wish someone would create a similar resource on indigenous peoples of the other continents. I agree with those who remarked that a map reference of some kind would be helpful, especially one that could show distribution of language families and religion.
Thank you for providing all this information. You ve done a splendid job.

Mrs. E. Ramos
USA -- Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 00:10:23 (EET)

Finished reading the WHOLE Red Book. Guys, cut the consistently anti-Soviet rhetoric, huh? They're dead. We can be more objective. Considering that the Tsars never did zilch to foster ethnic identity of non-Great Russians, and were so blatant with their russification campaigns, why hit the Sovs because they were hell-bent on removing what were competitive and antagonistical hierarchical and value systems? It seems to me that no other Power has exerted as much effort in promoting and preserving the unique tangibles of local cultures (crafts, music, language, etc) as have the Sovs. Tell me who has? Certainly W of the Sovs: all of E Europe right up through Germany, vehemently tried to destroy local ethnic variety.

ALSO, there is so much repetition, especially with the "Avarian" groups. Try to combine some of the stuff, huh?

I still love you.

Charles Brand
America -- Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 20:27:11 (EEST)

Very educational, very well done. Thank you. Unfortunately, today's human rights activists are selective in whose "rights" they assume to protect. These small peoples should be their number one priority because they are in danger of extinction.

USA -- Friday, October 22, 1999 at 06:06:32 (EEST)

Excellent! Thank you for the information. Updates would be nice, as well as easy access to these. Keep up the great work.

Charles Brand
USA -- Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 17:49:12 (EEST)

I was surching some information about the Trukhmens. Quite hard to find anything, but this will do quite fine. Thankyou. We're making a presentation of the Trukhmens at scholl. Actually it's voluntary, only it has to be a presentation about some culture and people we do not know. We took this, because nobody even knew if there was such place and such people. We know now. We are the students of Helsinki polytechnic and we are studying podiatry.
Thanks for this excellent 'red book'!

Pirita Pennanen
Finland -- Tuesday, October 05, 1999 at 14:14:30 (EEST)

To whom it concern! On behalf of the 2ICYC; referring to the Lovozero resolution, we would like to thank you for spreading the message and joining up behind the resolution.

Now we would like to bring to your attention, that the Swedish Company Boliden has announced its withdrawal from the Swedish-Russian venture Company “Voronye Minerals” in the end of January 1999.

The dissolution of the company will take 6 months, but the two Russian partners still hold the 25 years prospecting license for the 420 sq. kms. area in the Kolomzero-Voroninskaya Formation. While they have little money, we have to be aware of the possibility that they can find another Western partner and start prospecting again.

Mr. Jan Hultquist of Boliden, general-director of Voronye Minerals, explains Boliden´s withdrawal with gold and colored metals prices going down. While he admits that: “ protest don’t make it (mining activities) easier”, we think our protesting efforts might have had some effect on Boliden’s withdrawal.

Nevertheless, we would like you to keep your attention focussed on the situation of the Sámi population on the Kola Peninsula. It might be a good idea to keep each other informed about new developments in the area.

Sincerely Yours
Alu Petrussen, Claus Oreskov

P.S: As 2ICYC is completed, please contact us under the address of:


Selma Lagerlöfs Allé 45

DK-2860 Soborg,Denmark

+45 39 46 11 14

Claus Oreskov
Denmark -- Thursday, September 23, 1999 at 22:11:21 (EEST)

Interested in finding information regarding a small minority from Russia called "Sharkas". Thanks

stephanie klein-davis
USA -- Saturday, September 11, 1999 at 17:39:25 (EEST)

I'm confirming information in the Alekseev Manuscript on archaeology and ethnography of Eurasia and by chance stumbled upon your site. WOW! Am I impressed.

geraldine reinhardt-waller
USA -- Sunday, September 05, 1999 at 23:04:20 (EEST)

This is one of the most interesting ethnographic/anthropoligical sites I have visited. The amount and value of information is just overwhelming. Even being an emigree from the "Russian Empire", I did not know about many endangered nations that are described here. A few suggestions: I have not found on the list Wolga Germans, Ukrainian and Crimean Germans, Caucassus Germans, Mennonites, Romanians from the Ukraine, Norwegians from Kola, and Assyrians from Armenia.

Dr. A.R. Chakhmouradian
Canada -- Friday, September 03, 1999 at 03:34:09 (EEST)

Great site. I am researching my family history and have been unable to find out where in Russia my grandmother came from. If anyone knows where Che is can you please e-mail me. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Nina Seja
-- Monday, August 23, 1999 at 08:32:05 (EEST)

please add picture of the people

malaysia -- Saturday, August 21, 1999 at 08:14:43 (EEST)

Warum schreiben Sie nichts über die Wolgadeutschen?

Hermann Halstein
Österreich -- Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 12:05:35 (EEST)

A very valuable resource and very well done. Thanks.

Ed Shields
Canada -- Monday, August 02, 1999 at 19:40:27 (EEST)

Excellent work of research. Looking for information about Chulym and Shor people, I found much more here than anywhere else. Thanks! I want to get a hard copy for our institute's library.

Lars Huttar
USA -- Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at 09:13:42 (EEST) you might wish to link to this page.

L. H. Nelson
-- Monday, July 26, 1999 at 20:54:43 (EEST)

Excellent resource however the layout makes it very difficult to locate nationalities by geographic region. I'm trying to identify a basic number of Ukrainian and particularly Crimean minorities but had to go through itemby item. Perhaps index by region would help searches Otherwise a very valuable resource.

maggie osgood
New Zealander living in Ukraine studying in UK -- Monday, July 26, 1999 at 15:43:04 (EEST)

thank you very much for the massive amount of important information that you offer us by these pages and peoples` profiles. thank you for the massive amount of work you must have did to finish this and present it to the public for free. thank you !

maximilian hartmuth
austria -- Monday, July 26, 1999 at 02:52:32 (EEST)

Duzhe interesuyusia znaty schos' bil'she pro slavyans'ki yazyky. Pyshite do mene, ya dam vidpovid' dlia vsikh. Mozhyte pysaty po ukrayins'komu, po russkomu, po ispans'komu abo zh i po anhliys1komu. Viatyu vsikh. Ya ye ukrayinets, a zhyvu u Brazyliyi.

Mykola Szoma (Schoma Mykola Opanasovych)
Brasil -- Sunday, July 18, 1999 at 14:32:25 (EEST)

Compliments!!! People in the West are very interested in informations about minorities and their culture and religion. Unfortunately there is the problem of language and the problem, that the East was "closed" so long. There are still no books in the West, still no informations. Your website is one of the best sources for us to learn! I gave you a link at
With best wishes,

<find at my homepage>
France -- Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at 14:00:44 (EEST)

Excellent resource site--The detail and volume of obscure knowledge is critically important for complete understanding Is this an actual book, or simply an "electronic" book. If it is a book, is there an English version? Is it available in the United States? The former USSR contains a dynamic mixture of peoples, and history. A most excellent site.
Respectfully yours,
JS Bearup

JS Bearup
USA -- Friday, July 09, 1999 at 20:04:56 (EEST)

I believe that it is critically important to document the tradgey of these peoples lives. My prayer is for a true reconcilliation between the Russians and these peoples. Maybe then the bitterness can be healed.

Steve Ganz
USA -- Friday, July 09, 1999 at 09:34:43 (EEST)

I think it is a great thing that you placed this stuff on internet. I got interested in these peoples because of comparative linguistics, a hobby of mine.

The best way to preserve their languages is to send me grammars, dictionaries and the like. My snail mail address is:
Robin-Frans Winkel
Reigerslaan 30
2215 NN Voorhout
The Netherlands

Robin-Frans Winkel
The Netherlands -- Friday, July 02, 1999 at 23:14:55 (EEST)

Hurrah for your site!

Golembiowski Yasha
Belgium -- Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 14:26:19 (EEST)

Interested in small people languages

Edoardo Batini
Italy -- Tuesday, June 22, 1999 at 12:37:19 (EEST)

This is a note of appreciation for the great work being done by the Book staff. Your sentiments are mirror images of mine. Please, Keep up the good work.

Amjad Jaimoukha
Jordan -- Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 10:37:21 (EEST)

Absolutely bloody fascinating. Enough said.

Australia -- Monday, May 31, 1999 at 18:38:24 (EEST)

An extremely interesting site. I had no clue of that such a book really does exist. My interest of different peoples of Russia woke up just a mont ago. Actually my family comes from Russia, Ingermanland. I hope that one day as many peoples as possible would be independent in Russia. I think that there is no other way for Russia to survive. It is just a too big country to control.
Thank you for this site!

Alexander Aminoff
Finland -- Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 23:49:08 (EEST)

Date 23/5/99 Dear Russia,
hi from Ian in the good old U of K. Don't you reckon this site is a rather groovy thing? I do. I've never written to anyone from Russia before and here I am writing to all of you at once. It's friggin' great! In fact I'll be honest with you, the only thing I know for sure I ever even saw from Russia was a motorcycle a fri- end of mine had (IZH Planeta Sport 350 2 stroke). I think it was built in 1981. Good bike man.Helped me move loads of stuff form my flat on his side car. His name is Peter. Nice guy, a bit 1960's maybe, but a prety decent sort of chap all the same. Anyway, I guess I'm hoggin' space so I had best 'bog off' for now. Auf wiedersehen amigos. ps. good luck to Elena. Hope you found your Trokaim poeplo hope I spelled that o.k. My spelling is allways good, but sometimes it's just not accurate. ha see ya

England -- Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 20:18:22 (EEST)

It pains me and, I beleive , others to see the destruction of the beautiful and dignified small nations . Something that is worse to see is the abandonment ,by young members of such a nation of their heritage. This comes about through their desire for 'material progress', they consider their culture and language to be an impediment to their social and economic mobility. The nobility and beauty of their heritage is lost upon them,often as a result of exploitation and subjugation of their people, and the accompaning alienation of those experiencing the propogandist 'education' of their conqerors.

This is so saddening because when the members of a nation do not desire to save their heritage from extinction,what can an outsider do?

This has been my experience ; to observe the dying of cultures because their inheritors are subjugated and made, by their conquerors to revile the ancient ways of their people. It is difficult to observe this cultural genocide and be unable depite your efforts to change it.

I hope and pray that small nations will be able to maintain their cultural, linguistic, and religeous integrity despite the chauvinism of powerfull nations. I am not however optimistic.

I must thank the author for his interesting and informative articles, and for his efforts towards saving small nations from extinction .

ajit sugrim
tinidad & tobago (in caribbean sea) -- Tuesday, May 18, 1999 at 13:13:14 (EEST)

I am born in the United States of America of a Kievan Jewish father and a Byelorus Jewish mother. I am now retired after two long and successful careers as a military officer (Colonel, U.S. Armey) and a lawyer with 48 years of practice as a litigator.

I am indebted to you and fascinated by the discoveries of the history of my forbears in Khazaria that you have made available. Please accept my heartfelt thanks.

U.S.A. -- Thursday, May 13, 1999 at 09:30:02 (EEST)

Great site!!! I love it because I'm half-karaim and i never read something about karaims. If somebody can get E-mail of Karaim Community in Trokai please E-mail me. Thank you

Zaionchkovskaia Elena
Russia -- Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at 22:07:01 (EEST)

I last year adopted a little boy from tyumen, siberia who was described as Tatar. For his future reference I have been looking for cultural information. Thank you for this site. I'm wondering if he, in fact is Khanty rather than Tatar. I would very much like to learn more about his culture. Thanks again

Leslie Jaffin
usa -- Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at 01:59:10 (EEST)

I'm very concerned as a world citizen about these different peoples and their identity and their culture. I would like to see a book devoted to their whole culture and identity published in the United States, maybe Dorien/ Kinkseley or Readers Digest. This book should give a complete describtion of each group of people culture and their language. Their are no real books on these people in English. I commend your webpage but it's totally inadquit to bring these before the eyes of the free people of the world. Please write or email a letter of response. I want to hear from you and get totally involved in this caue before it's too late. I hope to hear from you very soon. Write me and also email if you can. I want all the information I can to work on this project. I've want to create this book for such along time. I want to meet some of these people personally through letters and email, can you be of assistance in this matter, I hope. thank you, I hope to hear from you very soon.
Joseph Monroe Kretchmer, 520 Rocky Ford St. Morganton, North Carolina 28655 MOJOREK::HOTMAIL.COM.

Joseph Monroe Kretchmer, 520 Rocky Ford St. Morganton,N.C. 28655
United States. North Carolina, Morganton, 28655, Mail me, Please -- Wednesday, April 07, 1999 at 19:38:32 (EEST)

This page doesnt have n e thing on the Soviet Union To Russia Change DOes It?

USA -- Friday, April 02, 1999 at 23:58:47 (EEST)

As I am a filmaker interested in visual anthropology espesially in people ofthe North and Central Asia, your site gives very nice and important basic information.

JAPAN -- Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at 06:58:05 (EEST)

i would like to thank the creator of that fabulous web site about mountine jews. I am myself a mountine jew. it was nice to know that some people care about small people

kazakov geoge
usa -- Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 18:59:42 (EET)

I really enjoy your information about these unknown ethnic people in Russia. In the United States, I find very little information on all these groups of people. I would like to see a published book in English about these cultures their histories and a visual look about the people and their life and customes and ethnic specifices. I would hope you would fax me your thougths on these matters. I noticed you haven't include all of the groups of people. I hope you'll update your site with all the other groups left out. The United States needs to know of these peoples and the ethnic identity of all. These people are losing their right to exist with their unique cultures. Please send me your comments on this matter.
Joe Kretchmer, 520 Rocky Ford St. Morganton, North Carolina 28655 or use my fax number 828/433-1914.

Joseph Monroe Kretchmer
United States/ Joseph Monroe Kretchmer Fax/ 828-438/9571 -- Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 18:50:22 (EET)

While visiting Central Asian sites I found this rather comprehensive cornucopia of information on linguistic and ethnic belongings, which is needed to delve into when attempting to grasp certain ongoing developments. I am deeply grateful to the authors, who put this treasure-house on the net. One thing only: What is direly needed is a map supplement. (Hope I haven't missed anuthing..) otherwise: Just great. Thank you for putting scholarly work to world-wide use! Sigmund J. Lofstedt

Sigmund J. Lofstedt
Sweden -- Wednesday, March 03, 1999 at 11:42:58 (EET)

How do I get a copy of this book? This site is great...well designed, cross referenced with further references at the bottom of each page. I only wish I had discovered it earlier.

Louise Curtis
Australia -- Monday, March 01, 1999 at 09:22:47 (EET)

While searching for our own URL/keywords, namely "The WoodsPeople", you fine web site came upo. ?why is the term "WoodsPeople" linked to your site?

Ralph Narvik

Ralph Narvik
USA -- Saturday, February 20, 1999 at 12:51:43 (EET)

A big and happy Alaskan "hello" ...:D 1st...I found this article interesting...however...I am searching for info on my native heritage....the Alaskan/Russian Eskimo...also known as the: Kawerik People Querik Kawariq etc
Nobldy seems to know how to spell it, or who we are...I don't even know who we ever, I want to teach my children their heritage and nobody seems to have info...I coninue searching, please answer if you may know????
2nd: I have had exchange students living with my family from, Germany, Finland and Denmark...I would be happy to talk to you if you want to know what the REAL A L A S K A is all about...not the Hollywood version...ha ha
3#rd thankyou to anybody who might read this and provide me with even a small bit of info or related web site or even if you are one of only 2,000 of us left here on planet Earth...
4th ...and last... "God is in control,we believe that His children will not be forsaken..." PTL :)

ALASKA...USA -- Monday, February 08, 1999 at 12:33:14 (EET)

I am a student at American University taking a course titled Ethnicity and National Identity in Russia and Central Eurasia and your pages have been a great help. Thank you. But I have one question... I see no reference to the Volga and Black Sea Germans. Could you please tell me where I could find this information. Thank you.

Luc Renta
Puerto Rico -- Saturday, February 06, 1999 at 07:33:37 (EET)

Please, send me information how to get a copy of this book. Best regards Mattias

Sweden -- Sunday, January 31, 1999 at 16:45:29 (EET)

Very useful for a subject on which it is hard to find good materials. An example of the value of the internet. Congratulations. No doubt you will be able to reinforce the entries with new material and research, or other contributions from specialists, for future editions. Terrific initiative.

Peter Jull
Australia -- Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at 21:30:05 (EET)

I'm disappointed for the quite racistic definitions you give; for example see the "racial determination" of the chukchi; this remebers me on old texts written in the twenties by physical anthropologists ...
Bauer Stefan
student of Ethnology, Cultural and Social Anthropology; university of Vienna

Stefan B.
-- Saturday, January 16, 1999 at 23:48:18 (EET)

I want to buy this book. Where can I get it? Is there also a german edition?
Best wishes
Guenter OFNER Schulgasse 46 A-1180 Vienna AUSTRIA Tel./Fax.: +43 1 478 01 70

Guenter OFNER
Austria -- Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 18:03:08 (EET)

I attend a boarding school called mccallie, where I have found that my passion in life is to enter the study of cultures, particularly the study of dying ones. This book is a fantastic example of how all world cultures should be identified and provides a better view of how ethnic cultures are striving to survive our modern world of combining countries into regional empires. It is important to see that all people have the right to strive for their own language, independence and cultural identity. Once again I commend the authors on a wonderful work.

Jake Boyd
U.S.A. -- Thursday, January 07, 1999 at 19:45:21 (EET)

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