College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Visitor shares Russia's indigenous culture

The Department of Geography recently welcomed an Indigenous rights and culture activist from the State Polar Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Varvara Korkina is the director of the Indigenous Cultures Center at the academy, the only minority-serving institution for Indigenous peoples in Russia.

Ms. Korkina visited professor Annette Lynch's "Creative Design Foundation" class in order to present "Russia’s Indigenous People’s Fashion and Apparel: A Beads Sewing Experience," in which the textiles and apparel students learned master beading techiniques.  She also presented a campus-wide talk "Indigenous Culture in Russia: Livelihoods, Tradition and the Future of the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North."

beading class