The Teleuty

While the brave Teleut men work at the coal pits in harsh weather, their women stay at home where they weave national costumes and sing their fathers' songs. There are fewer than 3,000 of them left. The Teleuty on RTД.

Since childhood, Alla Alagizova has been learning to weave the national belt of the Teleuts, an indigenous Russian people. She regards herself as the only one who still can weave the Teleut belts and sing the old ethnic songs. The Teleuts have not escaped the ever-present changes. Where there used to be a field and a pasture is now a coal pit, and the shamanistic rituals have given way to Orthodox Christian ceremonies. But the songs of their fathers, their language and their kind nature remain carefully preserved.

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