The linguistic and cultural heritage of the Finno-Ugric peoples in museums
The Finnish Cultural Foundation is providing the funding of over 400 000
€ to support peoples speaking Finno-Ugric languages related to Finnish
in preserving their language and culture.
The Museum of Cultures has cooperated since 2007 with museums of
Finno-Ugric regions in Russia, namely The National Museum of Mari, The
S.D. Erzia Mordovian Art Museum, The Mordovian Museum of Local History
and Culture, and The Udmurtian National Museum. The purpose of the
project is to further national identity through the museums. The
focus is on the young urban Mari, Udmurts and Mordvins living in a
Russian speaking environment. Teaching of multicultural and national
heritage in the museum is supported by organizing seminars, a pilot
project on teaching of cultural heritage and a joint travelling
The travelling exhibition called The Finno-Ugric Triptych
was opened in October 2009 at The Udmurtian National Museum in Izhevsk.
A multilingual publication of the same name will be put forth in
connection with the exhibition. There will also be a website for the
Finno-Ugric museums in Russia designed by The National Museum of Mari.
Virtual and travelling exhibitions will be organized in cooperation with
the Siberian museums to acquaint the Khanty and Mansi people, also
Finno-Ugric linguistic minorities, with the expeditions of Finnish
researchers in their area.