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Information about the expedition:
Name of the expedition: Djungarian Expedition
Purpose: Collection of ethnographical, musical and historical data
Leader: István Hegedűs
Address: 19. Szilágyi Dezső Street
Destination of the expedition: North-East of China, Junggar Pendi County
(according to the map) Ürümqi, Fukang, Qitai (desert caravan route) Beitun, Fuhai, Utubulak, Urho, Karamaj, Manas, Ürümqi
Length of route: approximately 1440 kms
Scheduled date: departure: 15th August, 2001
arrival: 15th September, 2001.
Cost of expedition in the case of 5 participants, according to the precalculations: USD 48.220.
Hungarian Geographical Society
The members of the planned expedition to Djungaria have a mission
to visit and discover one of Asia’s ancient cultures. Very little first-hand information has reached us from this etnographically and geographically equally interesting region which in the past few years therefore the data collection during the expedition especially the film promises a very important documentation of today’s life in this distant region.
Therefore, on behalf of our whole society, I recommend the expedition to your attention and support.
Budapest, 16th December 1999.
Antal Nemerkényi Dr.
The reason for visiting the Djungar basin is its geographical and popular characteristics.
The etnographic composition of the population in the area to be visited by the expedition is not exactly known. This is a place where the Turkish and Mongolian languages and cultures meet.
The effect and selection of the mention cultures can be observed best in this area. We anticipate that the most original forms of these peoples’ lives will be seen and heard:
Our statement is justified by the climatic and geographical characteristics of the area, as well.
This place is a desert, semi-desert, therefore despite its central location, no agricultural or industrial activity has ever been carried out (with the exception of mining started 20 years ago) in this territory. It means that the memorials of its historical past (stone sculptures and statues with inscriptions and carvings, ruins of buindings, desert stone statues) can be seen in a relatively undisturbed condition. We firmly believe that musical relics can give the most information about the relationship between the cultures of today and the past, since ancient tunes, their structure have only slightly changed during the centuries.
The meeting with Turkish, Mongolian and other peoples in this area will be shown on film and recorded on a tape. An itinerary and a film will be made about the area concerned.
In the fortunate case that our expedition is realised, the material collected there could be the basis for an archeological exploration. Sándor Kőrösi Csoma intended to reach this area when he was looking for the country of origin of the Hungarian people. The success of the expedition creates an opportunity for the planned archeological work, which, so far, has not been able to be realised. This area is 100 % unexplored.
Prospects to reach the set goals are very promising especially from the aspect of the requisites of the migration of people.
This is proved by the Museum in Ürümqi, which has a unique collection of objects from the Classic and the Early Middle-Age, simply collected from shepherds.
We would like to continue the work of Aurél Stein, which he had to stop for political reasons at the time.
Since one of the members of the expedition is a local and his connections with the public administration, authorities and the university are excellent, reaching the area seems possible to realise.
According to Przevalski the route that we have chosen was inexcessible in the age of Aurél Stein, due to the shortage of fodder, drinking water and because of the climatic conditions.
We are convinced that these difficulties could be overcome through the technical development and our local connections.
The film to be shot has a great significance from the cultural aspect because there has no similar film been shot about the area and its population in the world before.
This film can count on great interest, just like every similar production which is in connection with the origin of the Hungarians.
There was an expedition led by Monk Julianus paid for by Béla IV from royal proceeds, there have few undertakings that searched for the origins of Hungarians.
We would appreciate very much if the expedition became very important to each of the Hungarians within and beyond the borders.
At the beginning of the 21st century, at the treshold of our joining the EU, all of you who find this cause significant, please support our expedition plans morally and financially.