News from Municipalities
Coast Miwok native Californians have arrived in Tot’ma, a hometown of Ivan Kuskov, the founder of Fort Ross.
A group of Native Americans led by Robin Joy, a curator of the Fort Ross National Park came to Tot’ma to make a tour of the city where Ivan Kuskov was born, to see the sights of it, to get acquainted with the Russian traditions, and to learn to make Russian souvenirs. In a local museum the American guests painted souvenir distaffs. They were treated to cloudberry jam and pies cooked according to old recipes.
The American guests were welcomed by the head of the district. Both parties expressed the hope that partnership ties between the Vologda Region and California would last. The young people from Tot’ma and California are interested in cooperation in the cultural sphere.
On a visit to Tot’ma, the American guests admired churches of Tot'ma. Their distinctive traits lie in the elegance of the external décor, novelty, elongated forms and majesty. The churches are brick structures embellished with intricate decorative pattern. Their décor features an original element that does not occur in any other Russian church - cartouches. The cartouche is a structure or figure, often in the shape of an oval shield or oblong scroll, used as an architectural or graphic ornament.
The Kashaya Pomo tribes live close to Coast Miwok native Californians. A delegation from Northern California that included members of the Kashaya Pomo tribes travelled to the Vologda Region town of Tot’ma two years ago to commemorate two centuries of bilateral relations.