At the Fires of the Tundra and Taiga


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24 September 2014 – 1 March 2015

The autumn’s exhibition provided an insight into the lives of the Finno–Ugric peoples of Siberia, their traditional ways of livelihood and the changes that have affected their natural environment.

University lecturer Marianna Flinckenberg–Gluschkoff from Espoo has spent long periods in the vast open tundra of northwest Siberia, staying among the villages of the reindeer herders. In 1989, on her first trip to the region, she was accompanied by her husband Kirill and their children Kira and Peter. In 2008, she made her final trip to Siberia alone.

The Flinckenberg–Gluschkoff family, who all spoke Russian, quickly became friends with the reindeer–herding nomads, hunters and fishermen they met. The lives of the Khant, Komi and Nenets peoples have changed over the years. Today, the challenges of global warming, along with the oil and mining industries, are ever-present in people’s daily lives. However, their old traditions are still very much alive. The worldview of these communities is transmitted through traditional crafting techniques.

Central to the exhibition were the objects collected by the Flinckenberg–Gluschkoff family who, in 2012, donated them to the Museum of Cultures. Instruments, craftwork, clothes, toys and ritual objects bear witness to the everyday life of peoples to the east of the Ural mountains at the threshold of the new millennium.

The exhibition was a collaboration with the Museum of Cultures.

Helinä Rautavaraa Museum
WeeGee Exhibition Centre, Ahertajantie 5, Espoo (Tapiola)
Open hours: Tue. 11–18; Wed. 11–20; Thu.–Fri. 11–18; Sat.–Sun. 11–17