exhibition „Vadjamaa“

Start date: 11.08.2016 16:00
End date: 11.09.2016 18:00

The Votes (Vod' in Russian sources, ethnic name vadjalain, pl. vadjalaizõt) are the people of Votia in Ingria, the part of modern-day northwestern Russia that is roughly southwest of Saint Petersburg and east of the Estonian border-town of Narva. The Votes are the oldest known ethnic group in Ingria, who were also one of the founding people of Veliky Novgorod. Some of them lived in Narva, as well. In the mid-16th century, there were 40-50 houses in Narva and the population did not exceed 500-800 people: 20% of the inhabitants were Germans, the rest were Votes, Estonians and Russians. The Votic language is still spoken in three villages of historical Votia – In Jõgõperä (Krakolye), Liivtšülä (Peski), and Luutsa/Luuditsa (Luzhitsy). There were 64 self-declared Votes in the 2010 Russian census.