The Suni Project: Music Preservation

Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939)

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Maps

Armenia and the Caucasus

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This map shows the location of Mount Aragats (Alagyaz, Alakyaz) northwest of the city of Yerevan, the title of a Suni song. It shows Mount Ararat, southwest of the city of Yerevan, also called Medz Massis (Big Peak) and Pokr Massis (Little Peak), or just Massis. “L” stands for Ler which means mountain, e.g. Ararat L., Aragats L. The Black Sea is at left. The Caspian Sea is at right. Lake Sevan is lower center. Lake Van is lower left. Lake Urmia is lower right.

The map can be found on page 6 of Haikakan SSR Atlas (Armenian SSR Atlas). Yerevan – Moscow, 1961.

Armenian map (1917-1921)

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This map shows Armenia in the period of the Russian Revolution, the independent Armenian republic, and the establishment of Soviet power (1917-1921). The Black Sea is upper left. Lake Sevan is on the right. Lake Van is lower middle. Lake Urmia is lower right.

The map can be found on page 108 of Haikakan SSR Atlas (Armenian SSR Atlas). Yerevan – Moscow, 1961.

Mountains of Bingyol and Sipan

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This English language map is an excerpt of map # 193 (The Villayets of Bitlis), on page 204 of Robert H. Hewsen’s “Armenia: A Historical Atlas.” University of Chicago Press. Chicago, 2001.

It shows the location of Bingyol Mountain (south of the city of Erzurum) and Mount Sipan (north of Lake Van), among the mountains mentioned in Suni’s songs.

Armenia and the Middle East (1878-1914)

Many Armenian Americans have heard of the villages and towns their ancestors came from but don’t know where they are. The immigrants would identify themselves by their place of origin. Societies were formed and still exist, such as the Armenians from Istanbul and from Van, even with their own journals. The Van journal is called Varak after the monastery near the city of Van and Lake Van.

In Armenian:

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In English:

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