The Great Success of the Molokans’ Small Community
The project ‘Preservation of Molokan’s Culture’ has been implemented by ’Astghatsolq’’ NGO in Tchambarak community
The main objective of this project, implemented in the Tchambarak city, was to preserve the cultural rights and traditions of Molokan nation (little quantity of the nation, who are Russian Christian sectants-Pentecostals. By Pavel 3rd emperor’s command, they were banished to Caucosus), and are one of the most vulnerable groups of ethnic minorities living in the Tchambarak region.
Molokans, living in Tchambarak city, had no opportunity to participate and be integrated in the cultural life of the community due to the language barrier and therefore didn’t share their national culture with the community. In general, it may bring to the gradual loss of national and cultural diversity.
As a result of the constant contact with various groups of stakeholders, the problems of the Molokans’ isolation were revealed and the meetings were organized with them to understand the real problems of isolation. Their community received the main ideology of the project with great enthusiasm and willingness, which was a big surprise and confirmed that the efforts will have success. ‘’Anyway they remembered about us. I’m so happy!!! How much I want to say!’’: mentioned 58 years old representative of the Molokans’ community Tatyana Nikolayevnan.
In this framework, aiming to create the productive platform to preserve the cultural values of the national minorities, within the duration of 6 months the embroidery class was organized based on the unique methods called embroidery with crossings, which always is considered as a singularity of Molokan’s culture. As a result of this classis the catalog, with recovered schemes and embroidery detailed instructions, was developed, printed and disseminated among the target groups and stakeholders of the project.
At the end of the project the annual event: an exhibition of embroidery works and items of historical significance, which had also been collected in the framework of the project, was held at the House-Museum of Tchambarak city.
’I am so glad that I have the opportunity to teach children needlework and it seems that there is already a breath of Molokans culture in the houses of every child. I feel proud, that the embroidery with crosses will be taught in the Art School for the first time,’ – Evdokia Timofeyevna, project participant
The publication has been produced within the project ‘Equal Opportunities for National Minorities and Disadvantaged Groups in Realizing Cultural Rights: Richness in Diversity’ funded by the European Union under Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and implemented by GURT Resource Centre (Ukraine) in partnership with the Civil Society Partnership Foundation (Republic of Armenia) and Center for NGOs Development (Republic of Armenia) and aimed at developing cultural diversity and support the culture of national minorities through strengthening capacity of local self-government bodies, public authorities, civil society organizations, local culture institutions in communities in Ukraine and Armenia.