Until forced settlement in the 1920s by Soviet Union authorities, Kazakhs were traditionally nomadic people, and, as such, left little in the way of monuments as testaments to their civilization.
Since independence from the USSR a little over twenty years ago, some Kazakhs have pointed to the ancient history of their culture by publicizing the [...]
Spurred by a conversation with a Kazakh architect here in Almaty who told me of the camel herd her great grandmother’s “white bone” – or aristocrat – family kept before the Bolsheviks took over in the 1920s, I started reading about camels online. I discovered, much to my surprise, that dromedaries and bactrians – one [...]
In was July 2000 – the full bloom of a long-awaited, balmy summer – and my friend Amina Apakaeva and I had decided to spend a few days visiting Bauly, the town where Amina was born. An ethnic Tatar, Amina is about six feet tall with jet-black hair in a bob, olive skin, very prominent [...]
Mosaiqa Records Founder Helen Faller will soon embark on a great Silk Road Adventure! Beginning in September 2012, she will spend nine months traveling through Central Asia researching local foodways and posting stories about her exciting trip to a Silk Road Adventure blog. There will be fresh new music from the region, videos of Helen [...]