Tuesday, March 31, 2009

STUDY/FIELD TRIP- Karakalpakia 101, Nukus, Apr. 12-17

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STUDY/FIELD TRIP- Karakalpakia 101, Nukus, Apr. 12-17

Posted by: Friends of Nukus Museum <friendsnukusmuseum@gmail.com>

The Nukus Museum-Home of the Savitsky Collection -- and the Friends
of Nukus Museum (FoNM) are pleased to announce Karakalpakia 101 --
Journey to the Heart of a Culture -- comprising a 5-day study/field
trip to Nukus, Karakalpakstan from April 12-17, 2009.

Centered around and coordinated by the Museum and its staff,
Karakalpakia 101 is designed to enhance public awareness about, and
interest in the distinctive culture, economy and history of
Karakalpakstan and its people. The program comprises a combination of
lectures and presentations, docent-led visits to all departments of
the Museum, and two half-day field visits to archaeological relics and
sites of ancient Khorezm (present-day Karakalpakstan) and to Muynaq.
It starts with a half-day of introductory activities in Tashkent on
April 12.

As its title implies, Karakalpakia 101 is an experimental, pilot
activity and, for this reason, participation will be limited to a
small group of 6-8 individuals based in, or visiting Uzbekistan or
Central Asia. Thus, in addition to a serious interest in learning
more about Karakalpakstan -- including, but not only, its famous
Museum -- participants need to be able and willing to appreciate and
enjoy the innovative nature and spirit of the program.

The fee for Karakalpakia 101, payable directly to the Museum (in cash)
is: US$350 per person. This covers: (a) local transport in, and two
field trips outside Nukus (by minibus/van); (b) two meals (lunch and
dinner) daily, plus coffee/tea breaks; (c) services of docents, guides
and interpreters; and (d) small souvenirs. The fee does not include
transport to and from Nukus (about 92 euro or US$130 Tashkent/Nukus
roundtrip via Uzbekistan Airways) or accommodation in Nukus (ranging
from $25-40 single to $40-65 double per night including breakfast at
the Zhibek Zholy guest house (100 meters from the Museum).

Individuals interested in participating in -- and becoming the first
graduates of -- Karakalpakia 101 are invited to send an email,
including their full name, address, telephone number(s), email, and
institutional affiliation, if any, to: friendsnukusmuseum@gmail.com,
copied to museum_savitsky@intal.uz as soon as possible, and by
Wednesday, April 8 at the latest.

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