The Nogliki District cultural centre welcomed the residents of the urban district and guests from Tymovsk and Okha Districts to celebrate the important date for the Nivkh people: 40 years ago the modern Nivkh alphabet created by Vladimir Sangi was introduced.
On June 29, 1979, the alphabet project he created for the two main dialects of the Nivkh language was approved by the Council of Ministers of the Russian SFSR. At that time, a decision was also made to publish alphabet books in Amur and East-Sakhalin dialects.
Alphabet is one of the main achievements of human civilization. The history knows very few names of the founders of the national script. Even more rare are cases when they were members of the same nation. One of such outstanding personalities is the founder of the Nivkh literature, the creator of the Nivkh alphabet, the winner of the State Prize of Russia, the Honorary Citizen of the Sakhalin Region, the Honorary Citizen of the Nogliki District, Vladimir Sangi.
The hero of the occasion was happy to talk with those present in their native language. “Unfortunately, very few people today can actually speak their native language, the native speakers are passing away. But the guarantor of the fact that the language will live is the Nivkh alphabet,” said Vladimir Sangi, concluding his speech with a song, lyrical and tender to the ear and the heart.
Vice Mayor of the Municipal Administration of Nogliki Urban District Tatiana Kim pointed out that compared to the Slavic script, whose history goes back at least ten centuries, the Nivkh alphabet is very young. “But it is important that this is a Sakhalin anniversary, and the alphabet was written by an honorary citizen of the Sakhalin Region and the Nogliki District, the Nivkh writer and our fellow countryman Vladimir Sangi. This is a guarantee that the language can and should be preserved. Coincidentally, the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Nivkh alphabet is celebrated in the International Year of Indigenous Languages,” she congratulated the participants of the event.
11 July 2019