NANAI TALES

Description


NANAI TALES

1. Theme

SIGHTSEEING & FIRST SIGHT

ETHNOS, NATURE, CULTURE

NATURE & WILDLIFE

CRUISES & WATER TRIP

2. Region, city, itinerary

Khabarovsk Territory, Khabarovsk, Sikachi-Alyan, Troitskoye Village, Village of Dzhari, Komsomolsk-on-Amur

3. Seasonality

Year-round

4. The complexity, style of the tour

Easy, comfortable

Soft adventure

Water trip

5. Accommodation

Homestay, hostel, guest house

6. Number of days

2-3 days

7. Number of people

Up to 20 people

8. Booking conditions

3-5 before the tour start

Nanai is the largest group of aborigines today (just over 12,000 people) living on the left and right banks of the Amur. The first mention of the Nanai in various sources dates to the end of the second millennium BC. Self-designation - Nanai, Nani (from na - “earth”, nai - “man”) - “people of this land”. There were other self-names: people living along the Chur and Urmi Rivers - callef themselves Bira Guruni, Bira Bayeni - "river people", on the Amur - Haden - "Downstream living", on the shores of Lake Bologna - the Balkan - "the inhabitants of Lake Bologna ", a group of Nanai people on the River Bikin - monai, munei - "forest people". In Russian sources from the XVII century, they are known as achan, akani, ngatku, goldi, gogdi; in Chinese and Manchu - as yupitatszy - "people in fish skin" or shituanbu - "dog using people."

The traditional economy has always been fishing, which can be done year-round. Nanai knew, caught and processed more than 120 species of fish. They live mainly settled in small villages. The Nanai people have a rich culture, which has survived to this day.

 

The village of Sikachi-Alyan is not far from Khabarovsk (70 km from the city). There you can plunge into the life of Nanai ancestors, get acquainted with the traditions, way of life, beliefs, myths and legends of the Nanai people. You can also get acquainted with the traditional art of the Nanai. Sikachi-Alyan is one of the “must-see” places near Khabarovsk, because it is here the petroglyph drawings of ancient people on ancient volcanic rock are found. They are more than 12,000 years old and have long been a world heritage site. You can go to the upper or lower petroglyphs by boat, on foot or by snowmobile, depending on the time of year.

The program of excursions to the Nanai village of Sikachi-Alyan also includes:

- A performance of the indigenous inhabitants of Amur in national clothes with national instruments. All clothes are sewn according to ancient traditions and decorated with ornaments typical to the inhabitants of the Amur River.

A Nanai hostess will tell you how the Nanai and Ulchi lived in these places 100 or more years ago.

- The Community and family museums help you to go back in time, listen to interesting personal stories and experience the atmosphere of ancient aborigine’s settlement .

- Trying on the national male and female Nanai clothes sewn from fish skin with hand-embroidered patterns.

- Tasting of national dishes: You can taste fresh tala, fish soup and dumplings from Far Eastern fish, teas from local herbs and other dishes of national cuisine.

- And finally, the national games and fun of the Nanai people: tugging sticks, rope jumping, group game "Chakpan", archery, javelin throwing.

 

The tour program also includes a night stop at the camp to dive into the life of the ancient native people even deeper. You can learn to fish the Nanai way. Continue your journey further along the Amur to other equally interesting villages such as Troitskoye (the capital of the Nanai district) and Jari. The cultural center of Nanai district is always open and welcomes guests.


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