Uelen (also popular as "Ugelen" on USCGS charts and as "Whalen" in older English sources) is a rural locality (village) in Chukotsky District, south of the Arctic Circle, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug (Russian Far East). Uelen has a population of 720 inhabitants (2010 census). The settlement is located close to Cape Dezhnev where Bering Sea meets Chukchi Sea, and is the easternmost in Russia and whole of Eurasia. Uelen village is also the nearest Russian settlement to the U.S. It lies on the northeast corner of Uelen Lagoon, roughly 15 by 3 km (9 by 2 ml) east-west lagoon separated by a sandspit from the ocean. Municipally, Uelen village is incorporated as "Uelen Rural Settlement" and subordinated to Chukotsky Municipal District.
Uelen is popular for its beautiful walrus ivory carvings. The city has long been an important artistic centre in the area, with a few of the leading exponents of this craft, including Khukhutan, Tukkai, Vukvutagin and Vukvol, working out of Uelen. Uelen Bone Carving Studio contains the only museum of Walrus ivory carving in the world. In 2004, an exhibition of the work was held in Bern and Uelen's carvers took first place in category "Russian hunt: Tradition & Modernity" at the 3rd Moscow Exhibition of Russian Crafts.
Uelen is also home to indigenous choir with history of cultural copartnership with Inuit across Bering Strait in Alaska.
Yuri Rytkheu, a famous writer born in Uelen village on March 8, 1930 in a family of trappers and hunters, was the first Chukchi author achieving national prominence. A book of him "A Dream in Polar Fog" deals with the efforts of the Chukchi people to adapt when foreigners are shipwrecked on their shores.
Uelen village also serves as the base for archaeological expeditions to the region, which have uncovered burial ground (from 500 BC to AD 1000) with over three hundred burials of Early Whale Hunter culture. The excavations have shown that the village was a major settlement during the first few centuries AD, and revealed the existence of culture dependent on walrus and whale hunting. Archeologists also unearthed examples of ivory carvings of the indigenous peoples, a number of which are held at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Saint Petersburg.
Highlights: Craft souvenirs, Local Arts, Museum
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|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|29 July, 2018|
|Silver Explorer||13:00||18:00||Kolyuchin Island, Russia|
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