North-Kizner Subgroup of Southern Udmurts

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2016, Vol. 2. №4

North-Kizner Subgroup of Southern Udmurts

About the author:

Irina A. Kosareva, Cand. Sci. (Hist.), Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Institute of Arts and Design, Udmurt State University (Izhevsk);


The North-Kizner subgroup is an integral part of the Southern Udmurts. It was identified by the author based on the ethnographic material received lately during the field researches. This subgroup of Udmurt people is characterized by large isolation from the outside world due to forests and swamps. Much of the population of this sub-group in the past belonged to the vorshud group Omga (8 villages) and to the vorshud groups Kaksya and Mozhga as well.

In traditional culture of the North-Kizner Udmutrs there are features characteristic to Southern Udmurts in general (headwear), and specific features, manifested in traditional clothes, silver coins decorations. The absence of a sling among the ornamentations and “a narrow step” cut of pants indicate the absence of a strong Tatar influence on the traditional culture of this subgroup. This is due to the isolation of the group from the outside world. Dialectological data confirm the existence of the Southern Udmurts subgroup.


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