Todzha Tuvans in Contemporary Situation

Todzha Tuvans in Contemporary Situation

Balakina G.F.

Dr. Sci. (Econ.), Chief Researcher, the Tuvinian Institute for Exploration of Natural Resources of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Kyzyl, Russia

Kharunova M.M.-B.

Cand. Sci. (Hist.), Head, Postgraduate Department, Institute of Oriental Studies of RAS, Moscow, Russia

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Balakina G.F., Kharunova M.M.-B. Todzha Tuvans in Contemporary Situation. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2023. No 10. P. 146-150


The article discusses the processes of socio-cultural dynamics among the indigenous small people, the Todzha Tuvans living in the Todzhinsky district of the Republic of Tuva. Basing on the materials of a sociological survey of residents in the district (2021–2022) and official statistics, we analyze the features of socio-economic processes, preferences in the labor sphere of the Todzha Tuvans, desirability of engaging in traditional types of labor, the tendency to increase the level of education, specific perception of market economy and attitudes towards changes in society. Conclusions are made about adherence to the traditional way of life and work, reindeer herding as the basis of life, traditional values with the increasing role of modern realities in the minds of young representatives of the people, which determines the need for a targeted approach to preserving the country’s ethno-cultural diversity at the regional and municipal levels of government.

indigenous peoples of the North; Todzha Tuvans; Republic of Tuva; traditions, reindeer herding


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