Siberian traditions still alive in today’s youth
In a remote Russian village listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, age-old traditions are competing with modern trends.
People in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley still sing the songs which Russians sang in the Middle Ages, and they cherish the ancient rituals practiced by the Orthodox Church before the 17th century.
The old believers in Siberia are a conservative community. They're known as the “semeyskie” – a Russian word which refers to family living.
People there are happy to show their way of life to tourists, and teach them how to dance in the local style.
“A girl needs to watch her legs don't go up too much during the dance, she must be modest,” Olga Rymareva, a good-natured woman in her sixties explains.
Seventeen-year-old Nadya is from the same village. She now studies in the city, and dances at a club. She puts on her costume and the traditional amber necklace only when she comes to visit her grandmother Galina.