State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

The museum is located in Panikovskaya volost’ of the Pechory district of the Pskov region.

The museum estate of Seto people in the village of Sigovo is the only museum in Russia of the small in size Finno-Ugric people, called Seto. They have preserved their unique material and spiritual culture.

For many centuries in border districts of Estonian and Russian lands there lived Seto people, whose ethnic history is not clear to the end yet.

For the first time Seto people were written about by a German traveler Christian Nest Shlegel. The great Estonian poet and scholar F. R. Kreutzwald valued the unique culture of Seto people highly and encouraged everyone to collect and study their songs and tales. J. Hurt became a researcher of Seto folklore and published three books of " Seto people’ s songs".

The unique location of Seto people’ s land (Setomaa) has influenced the history of this people. For centuries Seto people have been peacefully living alongside Russians and Estonians, their settlements being next to each other.

Seto are agricultural people. Patriarchal way of life is inherent in their culture. They have been growing grain crops, flax, bred cattle.

They were greatly engaged in flax processing, spinning, weaving. Their economy was natural to a great extent.

Pechory Cave Assumption monastery played a great role in their history. In the XVIth century Seto people converted to Orthodoxy and their folk tales are greatly connected to the activities of the monastery’ s missionaries, especially st. Korniliy. It the culture of Seto people, however, Christian elements are tightly interwoven with pagan elements. This has been reflected in their everyday life as well as in their folklore. Seto still remember rituals connected with the god of fertility Peko. Some traditions live even nowadays. Thus, on the day of st. Onufriy, who, according to a legend, once saved peasants from hailing, the representatives of Seto people gather in the village of Mali to celebrate. And many church holidays end with Kirmash — street festivities.

The museum is located in a real estate, which used to belong to a Setu family, the Kiulaots. The estate was built at the end of the XIXth- the beginning of the XXth century.

In 1999 museum-preserve " Izborsk" bought the estate and in 2001 turned it into its branch.

At the present moment the estate consists of a stone house with a wooden entry, a stone stable and a barn, built in 1899 and a small " banya" (sauna house).

The collections, represented in the museum (furniture, household appliances, clothes, agricultural implements etc.) are a result of a many years long collecting and research work.

The museum has become a center where people of different nationalities meet, where the culture of Seto people is being studied and preserved.

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