Chuvash people and Culture in Wikimedia
Chuvash language learning at school
In September this year an information about the NPO called "Museum of Chuvash Culture in Estonia" reached WMEE. Chuvash people are a small (approx 1.5 mln) Turkic ethnic group mostly living in Russia Federation in a region called Chuvashia. Slightly more than 300 are living in Estonia as well. Immediately we began talks with the chairman of their organisation Iraida Zahharova who was extremely keen on the idea and started to collect first materials for our planned virtual exhibition on Wikipedia!
For the past two weeks our contact and head of the museum Iraida has been on a trip to Chuvashia from where she hopes to collect even more artefacts regarding this small nation´s cultural heritage. In addition to the exhibition, the introductory part of the project also embraces in itself a quick overview of the Chuvash culture, its doings in Estonia and more detailed description of the most valuable elements in the virtual exhibition.
Newest co-operations and Photo contest
One of the images: Tallinn Old Town During Sunrise by Hendrik Mändla
During September this year WMEE accompanied by the Estonian National Heritage Board held a photo contest "Elav vana linn", in English "Vibrant old city". The aim of the contest was to call people up to capture different lands- and cityscape scenes which depict living moments in Estonian historical city centers. The participants were encouraged to introduce the contribution of those people, institutions, communities, municipalities, etc. who work to ensure that the old towns function as a meeting point and continue to function even in a situation where gathering places tend to move to other more modern districts.
618 photos were uploaded to Commons under CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Winners were declared in five different categories for an example "The best action photo", "The best architecture photo" and "The best urban entertainment photo". Winner of each category received 300 € prize money. We in WMEE would like to use this opportunity and thank all the contestants for uploading their photographs to Commons!
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