2009 Year of the Igil

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The Igil was the symbol of the year 2009 in Tuva. This folk instrument, important in Central Asian nomadic cultures, has long been identified with the Republic of Tuva. The Ministry of Culture and the Center of Traditional Tuvan Culture sponsored a series of activities to revive the old masters' techniques for making folk instruments. There were also roundtable discussions, seminars, and competitions.