“A Summary of a Very Complex and Large Topic”: Lecture by Kirill Vasilyevich Chistov (Vasilyevo Village, Kizhi Island). Recorded by R. B. Kalashnikova, Senior Researcher at the Kizhi Museum Reserve, on June 14, 1997 (Commentary and Preparation for Publica

 

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ABSTRACT. In the phonogram archive of the Kizhi Museum Reserve one can find a document entitled: “Expeditionary record of a conversation with K. V. Chistov” (Vasilyevo, Kizhi Island, June 14, 1997). It appears to have been a spontaneous or almost spontaneous lecture given by Kirill Vasilyevich Chistov to the staff of the Kizhi Museum on one of his visits. It was organized by Regina Kalashnikova, then an employee of the display department of the museum. The meeting took place in the village of Vasilyevo, in the house where the employees of the museum storages worked. Delivered orally and then put into writing, the lecture retains traces of the personal experiences of the lecturer and narrator. The examples that Chistov selects from very different areas—from ethnography of dwellings to studies of the Finnish language—are combined in the end of the lecture into a one actually simple idea, which seems to be important not only for ethnography and folklore studies, but also for a researcher as a person: “You cannot think that our culture is great, and everything else is ugh. And only ours is good, and this is our dignity. Our dignity lies in the fact that we did not live in isolation, we contacted other peoples and borrowed something from them, as other peoples also did.”

 

KEYWORDS: biography, Kizhi, Kirill Chistov, folklore, lamentations 

 

DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2021-1(11)-43-59
УДК 398

 

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