Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Created: 2014-09-10 11:15
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: In Kalmykia, autobiographies are not only stories about one's life but they often include details about the narrator's kinsfolk, ancestors, and native home. Convergence of personal and tribal identities can be seen not only from autobiographies but also from daily activities and interactions such as greetings. Traditionally, a Kalmyk greeting between strangers begins with a standard question kenyahnyavt? 'which clan/family do you belong to?' to which a usual reply includes information about one's clan, its name, attributes, and merits. Here is an example: Kokshn Chakchi sekuste, manla gidg gurmte, Nogan Derk hurlta, Eej Avgatan gidg urata, Ik Bagud gidg uls bidn 'Our spirit protector is the ancient Chakchi, our mantra is manla, our temple is that of Green Tara, our totem is Eedzh Avgatan and I am from the clan of Iki Bagud'. Only after that the respondent provides his/her proper name and other personal information. As knowledge of kinship is considered very valuable, from an early age the Kalmyks are encouraged to memorize their family trees - which include the names of male relatives only - and their clan affiliation.
 

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Ais Sandzhiev, Autobiography

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Ais was born in Krasnoyarskiy krai in Siberia. When his family returned to Kalmykia, he went to secondary school in the village of Tsagan-Nur. After finishing school, he served in...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 26 Apr 2015


Alena Lidzhieva, Autobiography

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Alena was born in Sarpinskiy rayon in Kalmykia. Having lost her mother when she was a young girl, Alena was brought up by her father. She met her future husband in Siberia when...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 12 Jun 2015


Alexandr Nasakaev, Autobiography

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Alexandr is of the Baga Tsoros clan. He was born in Kamyshovo village in Astrakhan’ oblast where he went to secondary school. After serving in the Red Army, he moved to Elista to...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 25 May 2015


Alexandra Baldyanova, Galina Samtonova, Autobiographies

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Alexandra is of the Mangad clan. She was born in 1931 in Kuteinikovskaya stanitsa. Alexandra and Galina tell of the exile of the Kalmyks in 1943 and their life in Siberia.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 26 Oct 2015


Alexandra Nastaeva, Autobiography

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Having spent her childhood in orphanages in Siberia, Alexandra does not know her exact date of birth or the name given her by her parents, although she has some recollections of...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 15 May 2015


Amlgn Goryaeva, Autobiography

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Amlgn was born in 1934 in Maloderbetovskiy rayon in Kalmykia. She was one of 15 children in her family. Amlgn recalls how they lived in Kalmykia before the Nazi invasion in 1942,...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 15 May 2015


Anatoliy Sangadzhi-Goryaev

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The Kalmyks were sent into exile when Anatoliy was two. In Siberia he was constantly ill but studied hard in school. After the exile, he returned to Yashkul’ rayon in Kalmykia...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 3 Aug 2017


Andrei Ochir-Goryaev, Autobiography and Family Tree

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Andrei is of the Malyi Tsatan clan. His co-villagers refer to him as a ‘descendant of the Kazakh’, for one of his ancestors lived in the land of the Kazakh people for 7 to 8 years...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 26 Apr 2015


Anna Sangadzhi-Goryaeva, Autobiography

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Anna was born in 1947 in Krasnoyarsky krai, Siberia. She talks about her childhood in a livestock breeding farm and about how they celebrated the national holiday Zul. When she...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 21 Oct 2016


Anna Shirokova, Autobiography

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Anna was born in 1945 in Novosibirsky oblast. Since her parents were both orphans, Anna does not know about her genealogy. Before the deportation in 1943, her father worked as a...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 19 Dec 2016


Antonida Sangadzhi-Goryaeva

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Antonida was born in Siberia. Snowy hills are the most vivid memories of her childhood. Later her family returned to Kalmykia where she went to secondary school and then to a...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 3 Aug 2017


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