EXPEDITION “MIKLOUHO-MACLAY. XXI CENTURY. MACLAY COAST” 2019

Research expedition with a team of scientists under the leadership of N.N. Miklouho-Maclay.

The first in the contemporary history of Russia research expedition on the trail of the Great traveler and humanist, scientist Nikolay Nikolaevich Miklouho-Maclay, was held in 2017. Today, it is already a history, and a year and a half ago, no one could have thought that it would not only give an opportunity to conduct a scientific research, but also serve as an impetus for the establishment of regular cultural, scientific and humanitarian relations with the Island state, interesting both for business and scientific community throughout the world.

Organizer

 

April – May, 2019

The comprehensive research expedition with a team of scientists under the leadership of N.N. Miklukho-Maclay, for the first time accompained by the TV Channel “Russia 24” (“Global review”).

September 11 – October 8, 2017

The expedition led by N.N. Miklouho-Maclay visited the North-East coast of the New Guinea Island and Australia.

September 20, 1871

Researcher N.N. Miklukho-Maclay landed on the North-East coast of the New Guinea Island for the first time.

The drawings of Miklouho-Maclay, 1871.

TIMING

April 21

Departure from Moscow

April 23-25

Port Moresby

(Papua New Guinea)

April 26

Madang (Papua New Guinea).

Visit to the Museum in Madang, replenishment of the exposition about Russia

April 27 – May 4

Expedition to the Maclay Coast

(Gorendu, Bongu, Gumbu villages)

May 5

Madang. “The Man from the Moon” documentary film premiere

May 6

Madang. Archives works, collecting the information about Russian titles on the Maclay Coast

May 7

Port Moresby. Meeting at the University

May 8-9

Port Moresby.

Meeting with the Head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Papua New Guinea

May 10-11

Meeting at the National Library and Archives of Papua New Guinea.

Approval of the Russian Corner opening

May 12

Joint cultural activities with the Russian Ambassador in Papua New Guinea

May 13

Meeting “Russia – Papua New Guinea: cooperation perspectives”

11:00-13:00, in Hilton Hotel, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

 

May 15

Return to Russia

In September 2017, the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation for the Preservation of Ethnocultural Heritage organized and conducted a research expedition to the Maclay Coast of Papua New Guinea, where almost 150 years ago the Great Russian scientist and traveler conducted studies. This expedition consisted of ethnologists from scientific institutions of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, specializing in Ethnology of the peoples of Oceania. The expedition members lived in Gorendu village, but also visited other settlements: Bongu, Gumbo, Bil-Bil. The results of the expedition were significant: valuable ethnographic material on various aspects of culture of the indigenous inhabitants of this area of the island, a unique collection of everyday life items of the Papuans of the Maclay Coast, which replenished the collections of the museums of Russia, a popular scientific edition “Journey to the Maclay Coast” in Russian and English, an illustrated magazine about the expedition and N.N. Miklouho-Maclay, documentary films “Citizen of the World” and “The Man from the Moon”, which delight viewers broadcast on TV Channels of Russia and Australia, and, this year a scientific article on the material culture of bonguans will be published in one of the academic magazines.

 

Why are we so productive? It is you, dear readers, viewers, observers, admirers, that encourages us to such activity with your gratitude and interest in our work.

GOAL

Establishment of cultural, scientific, humanitarian and business cooperation between Russia and Papua New Guinea.

 

OBJECTIVES

Making of documentary auteur film “Maclay Coast”

Scientific research on the Maclay Coast in ecology, linguistics, ethnology

Russia – Papua New Guinea conference for business communities

Coordination of the places for opening of the Russian Corners in Port Moresby and Madang, meetings with the management and students at the Universities of Madang and Port Moresby

Russian titles in New Guinea. Collection of information for the preparation of a map with historical Russian titles of XIX century in the region within the project “Russia and Oceania (XIX-XXI centuries)”

In April this year, will start another research expedition to the Maclay Coast (Rai Coast), North-East of the New Guinea Island. The participants will have a deeper study of the various aspects of culture of the local residents – Papuans. What prompted the head of the Foundation, the great-great-grandnephew, to go again in this not a simple expedition with a team of scientists and documentary filmmakers? We asked Nickolay Nikolaevich about it.

“First of all, the locals themselves. Their first reception will always be in my heart. Our trip was not easy and it took six days to arrive instead of two. It is told about in the book “Journey to the Maclay Coast” and in the film “The Man from the Moon”. The trip was not easy, it is no accident that no one over the past 40 years has not organized a comprehensive scientific expedition. The latter one was organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1977 in the period of USSR.

The locals learned that Maclay’s descendant from far Russia was going to arrive and they gathered to meet me on the coast, where the scientist’s hut once located.

More than 3,000 local residents gathered on the coast, filling all the surroundings. We were lucky to arrive on September 16, the day of Papua New Guinea’s Independence celebration. The participants sang their National Anthem and erected the Russian flag together with the flag of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (PNG), so that the Russians learned how they keep the memory of the Russian pioneer. This was symbolic, because it was there 146 years ago when the great traveler erected the Russian flag, going to people who did not know by that time what iron was. We did not take the flag, all that was the merit of local residents who remember Russia and pass the legends from mouth to mouth about Miklouho-Maclay. Our expedition encouraged them to create a society named after N.N. Miklouho-Maclay, and Maclay Jr. – to do everything possible to let Russians know how they keep the memory of the Russian pioneer.

Who knows, maybe this sincere and respectful attitude towards Russia, which Miklouho-Maclay instilled, will become the basis for good relations at all levels between our countries in the business, scientific, humanitarian and cultural spheres.

The members of the expedition team will accomodate in Gorendu village among the numerous descendants of Tui (the best friend of N.N. Miklouho-Maclay). Within the process of working in the field the expedition members will visit a number of other Papuan villages with a lot of its amazing surprises. Besides the ethnologist, there will be a linguist, because it is necessary to continue the tradition started by Miklouho-Maclay of learning the Bongu language by domestic scientists. Closer and more thorough acquaintance with the customs and traditions of bonguans will make a significant contribution to the World Ethnography of Oceania. April is the hottest and wettest month of the year on the Maclay Coast. It will make the researchers’ work laborious, but at the same time, incredibly exciting and interesting.”

Expedition partners:

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • N. Miklouho-Maclay Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The Museum of Anthropology of the Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov
  • The National University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby
  • The Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea
  • The National Library and Archives of Papua New Guinea
  • Emperor Alexander I Saint-Petersburg State Transport University
  • The Institute of Russian Literature in Saint-Petersburg (the Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The National Library of Russia
  • The “Russian World” Foundation

We express our gratitude to our partner Sony, for the equipment provided for the filming.