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Culture of Livvik Karelians is presented at the Life in Kinerma exhibition

The Life in Kinerma exhibition devoted to history of this village and culture of Livvik Karelians opened in the beginning of August in historical village of Kinerma, Pryazha district.

The exhibition is located in the restored economic part of the ancient Karelian house where it is planned to create an ethnocultural center. It is the first exhibition telling about culture of an ethnic group of Karelians living in the area of Svyatozero, Syamozero, Vedlozero and further along Ladoga lake up to Svir. It is performed in Livvik dialect of Karelian language, and also in Russian, Finnish and English languages. The exhibition project is developed by the Kinerma Friends Society Chairman Kari Niskasaari (Oulu, Finland). The exhibition is made in the laboratory of design and arts of the faculty of architecture of the University of Oulu. In the exposition records of Petrozavodsk archives and Olonets national museum, historical photos from the ethnographic photoarchive of Museum department of Finland, old photos from personal archives of local residents, audio records of stories of inhabitants of the village in Livvik dialect, and rural utensils are used.

The exhibition is one of results of long-term teamwork of local residents, the Ladoga Karelia foundation, the Kinerma Friends Society, institutions of local government, experts of Republican Center for Protection of Objects of Cultural Heritage. At the opening there have arrived visitors from Pryazha, Vedlozero, Olonets, Petrozavodsk, Finland, Italy, Ukraine.

Now there are 160 historical settlements in Karelia. Kinerma has received this status thanks to its preserved planning and area reclamation. In the village there are 17 houses, of which 7 are monuments of architecture. The Smolensk Mother of God chapel of the XVIII century is a main sight and is located in the center of the settlement.

The village of Kinerma is considered one of the best examples of using objects of wooden architecture in cultural tourism. The restored monument houses are adapted for reception of tourists.

Experience of Kinerma shows that development of tourism in a historical village promotes its preservation. It is applied in other villages of Karelia. Last week the historical village of Bolshaya Selga of Olonets district was visited by Italian architects from Florence considered one of the world centers of restoration, and Italian experts who have arrived under the invitation of the Kinerma Friends Society have expressed their desire to begin cooperation with Olonets national museum, Republican Center for Protection of Objects of Cultural Heritage and Petrozavodsk State University. They plan to accomplish architectural research of the village.

Elena Balykova,
Republican Center for State Protection of Objects of Cultural Heritage

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