Bikin National Park celebrated the Hunter’s Day “Va:kchai ni”
Hunting as a historical tradition, lifestyle and the most important element of the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples has found its reflection in ecological festival “Va:kchai ni” (means “a hunter” in Udege language). Local people from Krasny Yar and adjacent villages as well as from Luchegorsk and Vladivostok were among the guests.
The holiday was opened by a thanksgiving ceremony performed by Vasily Dunkai, the guardian of traditions and a spiritual leader, together with Natalia Kanchuga, a national park employee, and Alexander Kanchuga, a teacher of the Udege language.
WWF Russia and the Amur Tiger Centre were at the very beginning of the creation of the Bikin National Park, helping in its organization, development, and international recognition. Thanks to the support of the Amur Tiger Centre and WWF Russia, the Amur tiger monitoring is being conducted and the necessary equipment provided for the protection of the territory. The forest management regulations, a plan for fire prevention measures and other work is underway. For example, at present WWF Russia is helping the national park to prepare documents for the creation of a buffer zone around the Bikin National Park. The creation of such a protection zone was one of the conditions for the inclusion of the Bikin River Valley in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Central Sikhote-Alin on July 2, 2018.
The Hunter's Day is growing popular in Primorsky province and is becoming an attractive event for tourism development.