Maclay coast
The Return of the Legend

On September 11, 2017 from St. Petersburg will go expedition in the wake of the great Russian explorer Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

This will be only the third time in the history of contacts of European civilization with the mysterious world of Papua New Guinea, a large complex study of the world of Aboriginal people. And his great-great-grandson and namesake of the discoverer Nikolay Nikolayevich Miklouho-Maclay will lead it.

In the end of the XIX century, the publication of the works of Maclay created a bombshell in the scientific world. The natives of the most remote part of the island of New Guinea led (and still lead) a life that differs little from the one that our common ancestors lived hundreds of years ago. The islanders did not know about iron and lived, in fact, like the people of the Stone Age. It was almost impossible to penetrate into this world and, even more so, survive in it, because cannibalism was widespread among the natives, that is why, when Miklouho-Maclay, disappeared in the jungle of New Guinea for a long time, he was considered dead and his obituary was also published.
But the Russian scientist did not disappear. He managed to find a common language and make friends with the «savages», and was adopted into their tribe and old secrets were disclosed to him, still inaccessible to Europeans. Miklouho-Maclay lived among the Papuans and returned to the civilized world triumphant. Having published invaluable ethnographic material, he showed all the beauty and uniqueness of the culture of the islanders, refuting the ideas prevailing at that time about their «racial inferiority».
The natives also did not forget about Maclay, passing from word of mouth the legends of «a man from the moon,» who was kind and sympathetic. Therefore, when the scientist arrived in New Guinea two more times, he received a kingly reception. Expeditions of Miklouho-Maclay made an invaluable contribution to scientific knowledge about the world, the plant and animal life of Oceania, but most importantly, the early history of human civilization. Exactly a hundred years after the first trip of Miklouho-Maclay, a Soviet expedition was organized.
And finally, this autumn the third Russian expedition will leave for Papua New Guinea. Its main task is to study the dynamics of the social development in the north-eastern part of the island and note the influence of civilization on this «lost world». The expedition includes the best ethnographers, anthropologists, prominent researchers of Oceania and of course, Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay himself.

Humanitarian aspect of the expedition: we will bring a refrigerator and a generator so that local people can store the caught fish, we will donate books in Russian and English to a local school.

Chronology of expeditions

1871, 1874 and 1883.
Nikolay Nikolayevich Miklouho-Maclay
Russian Empire
Sponsored: members of the imperial family, Prince Vladimir Petrovich Meshchersky, Pavel Tretyakov, Lev Tolstoy.
Path: 11 months. Expedition: 15 months.
1971 and 1977.
Daniil Tumarkin
Soviet Union
Sponsored by: USSR Academy of Sciences.
Path: 4 months. Expedition: 4 days.
2017 year.
Nikolay Nikolaevich Miklouho-Maclay
Russian Federation
Sponsored: Possibly by you
Departure: 2 days. Expedition: 16 days.

Copyright
documentary film

The expedition has a cultural and educational task — photo and video recording of the fragile world of Maclay’s Coast. Again, just like 150 years ago, the world community is waiting for unique personnel.

You can help in the production of this film, provide humanitarian assistance or become a partner of the expedition.

If romance is still alive in you, if you want to know better the era of great geographical discoveries, join our team «Miklouho-Maclay XXI Century — Maclay Coast»!

If you help now, you will receive gifts in October!

1200 ₽Support
1. Electronic photo album:
— the descendants of Tui, the friend of the great explorer Miklouho-Maclay;
— exotic tribes;
— Independence Day of Papua;
— Work of the expedition.
2. Letter with gratitude from great-grandson Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

1500 ₽support
1. Calendar for 2018 on the basis of photographs of the expedition with the name of the sponsor.
2. Letter with gratitude from great-grandson Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

2000 ₽Support
1. Film for personal archive.
2. Letter with gratitude from great-grandson Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

5000 ₽Support
1. Film for personal archive.
2. Two branded pens and a mention as sponsor in the credits of the film.
3. Letter with gratitude from the great-grandson of Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

10000 ₽Support
1. Medal of the expedition.
2. Film for personal archive.
3. T-shirt and cap with the logotype of the expedition.
4. Closed viewing of a unique film with the participation of great-grandson Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay and other members of the expedition.
5. Letter with gratitude from the great-grandson Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

12500 ₽Support
1. Medal of the expedition.
2. Souvenirs: handles, T-shirt and cap with the logotype of the expedition.
3. The film in the personal archive.
4. Closed viewing of a unique film with the participation of great-grandson Nikolai Miklukho-Maklai and other members of the expedition.
5. Letter with gratitude from the great-grandson Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

15000 ₽Support
1. Medal of the expedition.
2. T-shirt and cap with the logotype of the expedition and the autograph of Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay, great-grandson.
3. Film and photos for personal archive.
4. Closed viewing of a unique film with the participation of great-grandson Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay and other members of the expedition.
5. Letter with gratitude from the great-grandson Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

Find us on social networks:

For the partners of the expedition:

You can choose the partnership status

Sponsor

Thanking the company or sponsor in the collection that will be released after the expedition and will be available in the shops and libraries of the country.
Special sponsor

We will place the information in the credits of the popular science film as assistants and organizers of the scientific expedition, thank you in the collection.
 
General sponsor

We will place the logo of the company in the organization of the photo exhibition and in the credits of the film, thank you in the collection. Will advertise the products on the tour and show them in the popular science film. Will show the name of the company or the name of the sponsor in the online diary and publications in the media.
It’s easy: fill in a few fields, pay the bill and you’re in business.
Humanitarian help

Make life of exotic tribes easier, send:
— generators and refrigerators:
— books and office;
— lanterns, tents, sleeping bags;
— blankets and sports shoes.

The main information partner of the expedition —
TASS agency Coverage

tens of millions of residents of our country and abroad.

More about our goals


The expedition participants will learn methods of farming, new tools and family way of life. This unique information will help to better understand how human civilization developed.

We will publish a collection with the legends of the Papuans: the descendants of Tui who only have the right to transmit the knowledge of Miklouho-Maclay, the Papuans, who first made friends with the traveler.

We will hold a photo exhibition after returning and release a photo album. Getting to the island and staying there unscathed is difficult, so there are few reliable photographs that show how the tribes live.

The expedition will be accompanied by publications in Russian and foreign media and an online diary will be maintained. The tribes of the Papuans are still little studied, it is important for world ethnography.

After the expedition we will take part in forums and conferences.

Route:

Expedition team:

Nikolay Mikluho-Maclay
Head of the expedition, director Charitable Foundation of Ethnocaltural Heritage name of Miklouho-Maclay.
expert Arina Lebedeva
PhD, researcher of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences,
Department of Australia, Oceania and Indonesia.

expert Chininov Igor
PhD in history,
research fellow, Centre for Asian and Pacific studies
Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology name of N.N.Miklouho-Maclay.
Russian Academy of Sciences.


Минифильм
«Миклухо-Маклай XXI век»

Экспедиции по России и на остров Новая Гвинея
Смотреть на YouTube

Partners:

Peter the Great Museum
of Anthropology and
Ethnography
(the Kunstkamera)
Institute of Ethnology
and anthropology
N. N. Miklukho-Maklay
Russian Academy
of Sciences
The historical
faculty of the Moscow
State University.
M. V. Lomonosov
Museum of anthropology
of Moscow State
University.
M. V. Lomonosov
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

of the Russian Federation

Volunteers

How can you help us:
— Lead groups in social networks.
— Advance the expedition on the Internet.
— Write articles.
— Maintain the newsletter.
— Participate in meetings of the volunteer staff.
What will you get for this:
— Written thanks to Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.
— Recommendations for the employer.
— Souvenirs for memory.

Найдите нас в социальных сетях:

The organizer of the expedition is the
Miklukho-Maklay Charitable Foundation for
the Preservation of Ethnocultural Heritage.

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Contacts

Charitable Foundation of Ethnocaltural Heritage
name of Miklouho-Maclay

199178, Russia, St. Petersburg, Maliy
prospect V.O.. 58


+7 (911) 908-89-44

Irina Zhuchkova, the Foundation administrator