Sakha Open World

a nonprofit corporation


Cultural and informational opportunities it can provide



Саха Диаспора

(на русском)


Күргэ сурунаал

(на якутском)


Журнал "Илин"

(на русском и якутском)

Sakha ethno-music


Cultural study of a Sakha people

by Susan Crate


"Northern Lights" Extracts from the

stories and novels by

Sakha writers


Эдуард Алексеев

доктор искусствоведения, академик Академии духовности Республики Саха кутия)


Photo gallery

Дни Якутии в ЮНЕСКО

Гостевая и форум


Кэпсэтии түһүлгэтэ


Forum in English

Саха Диаспора в лицах


Sakha Open World



Проект "Sakha Open World" - "Саха Диаспора" создан с целью объединения якутян, живущих за рубежом. Он призван представлять и защищать наши интересы, способствовать нашим культурным, научным, образовательным связям c родиной, популяризировать в мире историю и культуру народов Республики Саха (Якутия). подробнее о нас

Nowadays, many people from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) live in different countries around the world. They find themselves in new environments that are different in many aspects, and must overcome cultural and linguistic challenges. Nevertheless, Yakutians abroad strive to preserve their culture and traditions, and pass them on to the next generation.

Four years ago a group of enthusiasts from Sakha-Yakutia started the web project "Sakha Diaspora" with the goal of providing support to Yakutians who live outside their native land. Today, the project has outgrown the initial plans, and the name has been changed to "Sakha Open World". Currently the project includes sites in Sakha and Russian. Yakutians who live in 21 countries regularly visit the web sites and make use of the resources found there. The project received an important and well needed boost when it received the "Yakutians Abroad" award from the Ministry of External Relations of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in 2004. Hosting of the mirror of the electronic version of the magazine "Ilin" ("East") has become another significant step in the further development of the project. The magazine writes extensively on such topics as history, geography, and cultural studies.

The Russian language site, "Sakha Diaspora". Visitors of this site can find electronic addresses of Yakutians who live in different countries and want to find new friends. Visitors can also participate in web discussions, share their opinions, talk about countries they live in, etc. "Sakha Open World" wants to help people from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) to adapt to their new environment quicker and easier.

The column "Consultations" shares useful and practical information and gives advice on everyday problems and issues. The column "Cooking Together" publishes recipes of the Sakha cuisine and other world ethnic cuisines. The column "the Playground" discusses such issues as, for example, the problems parents may encounter while raising their children in a foreign environment.

The Sakha language site"Orto Doidu" ("The Middle Earth"). It is interactive, and its visitors can have their materials in the Sakha language. They can also make audio and video files, photographs, and books available for others to see. The first significant achievement of the "Orto Doidu" team is a creation of professional terminology used to translate software products to Sakha language. In addition, "Orto Doidu" will help those who want to learn Sakha but do not have an opportunity to practice Sakha with native speakers.

The next goal of the "Sakha Open World" project is the creation of an English version of the site that would provide better opportunities for an inter-cultural dialog.

Sakha people who live in other countries want to maintain close relationship with Sakha-Yakutia. They also want to give back in some way to their motherland. "Sakha Open World" could become a link between the Sakha Republic and foreign cultural, ecological, and educational organizations. This project could promote new initiatives and help to bring them to life; for example, it could provide organizational and informational support to festivals and art exhibitions. It would be interesting to show foreign audiences documentaries about Yakutia, its nature, culture, and traditions, or to help our artists to showcase their work.

The main goal of this web project is to contribute to the dialog of cultures, establish informational contacts and disseminate knowledge about Sakha-Yakutia to the rest of the world.