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Ethnography Institute president to get top minority award

Klagenfurt, 17 December - The Slovenian minority in Austria will honour Nužej Tolmaier, president of the Urban Jarnik Slovenian Institute of Ethnography and former secretary of the Christian Cultural Association, with the Tischler Award, given to Slovenians or Slovenian institutions promoting the cause of the Slovenian minority in the Austrian state of Carinthia.

Nužej Tolmaier will receive the Tischler award for his life's work in culture and ethnography, as well as for his personal commitment to the all-round cultural development of Slovenians of Carinthia, the weekly Novice reported.

The 43rd Tischler Award is to be presented to Tolmaier by the president of the Christian Cultural Association, Janko Krištof, and the president of the National Council of Carinthian Slovenians (NSKS), Valentin Inzko at a ceremony on 21 January in Klagenfurt.

The Tischler Award is handed out by the NSKS, an umbrella organisation of the Slovenian minority in Carinthia, and the Christian Cultural Association to cultural or political representatives for outstanding contributions in art, science, culture and politics, or for special merits in consolidating the national consciousness of Carinthian Slovenians, either at home or abroad.

It is named after NSKS founder and the first headmaster of the Slovenian high school in Klagenfurt, Joško Tischler (1902-1979).

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