The Foundation for Siberian Cultures was established in 2010. The idea
for this foundation emerged from many years of research with the
peoples of the North and from initiatives for the preservation of their
cultures. More recently the focus has been on Siberia and the Russian
The aims of the foundation are: the preservation of indigenous
languages and the knowledge (especially ecological knowledge) expressed
in them; and the preservation and further enhancement of art and craft
traditions of indigenous peoples.
Learning tools and teaching materials by and for indigenous communities
may help to counteract the forces bringing about the loss of cultural
diversity and the dissolution of local and ethnic identities. Relevant
materials have been and will be produced together with local experts
using modern technologies.
Exhibitions, cultural exchanges by means of tours of artists and
workshops, as well as conferences in Germany and Russia will serve to
enhance mutual understandings of peoples with different cultural
backgrounds and encourage valuable and productive dialogues between
A digital library and ethnographic collections on the world wide web
shall provide above all indigenous communities open access to relevant
scholarly resources and research materials. The portal for this will
use the well-established domain name www.siberian-studies.org
which has been online since 2004.