suzani:

Ottoman Exhibitions at the Chicago World fair - 1893 - 


Ufeyn Fakhreev, a 91 year-old Crimean Tatar, has lived through Lenin, Stalin, World War II, forced exile, and the Soviet collapse.

Ufeyn Fakhreev, a 91 year-old Crimean Tatar, has lived through Lenin, Stalin, World War II, forced exile, and the Soviet collapse.

master0fnone:

"Popular throughout much of Central Asia, buzkashi is a form of horse polo in which horseback players wrestle a goat carcass across a playing field. Believed to have its origins as a defense tactic against Genghis Khan’s livestock-snatching Mongols, the sport is played with few rules and no teams – every man fights for himself."

Photos by Theodore Kaye   

Tatar folk dances taken at the İstanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2013 x

A message from pretty-little-alone
Do you like Atatürk?

Yes, I think he really brought Turkey in the right direction. He made a lot of reforms that improved Turkish society so much. The impacts of his decisions he made are still felt today, showing how much of a positive influence he had on the country. :) 

Gubadiya - A festive Tatar pie

Gubadiya is a wedding pie with layers of meat, rice, chopped eggs, raisins, and dry white cheese. 

This pie is made and placed on Tatar tables on especially festive occasions. (x, x)


Tatar Muslim clerics and brothers Rakhmankulov Hasan and Rakhmankulov Mukhametvaley from Troitsk, Orenburg Governorate, Russian Empire. x

Tatar Muslim clerics and brothers Rakhmankulov Hasan and Rakhmankulov Mukhametvaley from Troitsk, Orenburg Governorate, Russian Empire. x

A message from Anonymous
hey can we request things? im tatar and id love to see more of my culture, it would be very nice if you could find more posts related to tatar!

Of course you can request stuff! It’s actually nice when people request things because then it gives me an idea of what to post next. I’m queuing up some Tatar posts now. :)

khomush:

Couple in Uzbek traditional clothing.

A message from Anonymous
I never really considered myself to be a poc. My family originally is from the Caucasus Mountains, but they're from a Turkic group and my father's mother was half Turkmen. Not sure if I count as one.

What I answered earlier was just based on my own opinion, so it’s fine if you don’t consider yourself a POC. :)

I only said that Turkic people are POC because by definition a POC “typically refers to individuals of non-European heritage.” 

solipsistictendencies:

(In other words-it is better to be a big frog in a small pond than a small frog in a big one.) The saying expresses the idea of Uyghur longing for freedom and independence. It also suggests that a person should think independently, not follow others, no matter whether the others are big or rich. This proverb encourages an individual to be a leader, although he might lead only a small or poor group or place, rather than to be a servant; to decide everything for himself; and to refuse to live under constraint. Makhmut Qashqari recorded this medieval Uyghur saying in the eleventh century. The saying has remained prevalent among Uyghurs for more than a thousand years, and it retains the same form and meaning. (x)

solipsistictendencies:

(In other words-it is better to be a big frog in a small pond than a small frog in a big one.) The saying expresses the idea of Uyghur longing for freedom and independence. It also suggests that a person should think independently, not follow others, no matter whether the others are big or rich. This proverb encourages an individual to be a leader, although he might lead only a small or poor group or place, rather than to be a servant; to decide everything for himself; and to refuse to live under constraint. Makhmut Qashqari recorded this medieval Uyghur saying in the eleventh century. The saying has remained prevalent among Uyghurs for more than a thousand years, and it retains the same form and meaning. (x)

twokilosofbread:

2 Minutes of Bishkek. A stroll through parks and bazaars!

A message from Anonymous
Are Turkic people considered people of color?

I would say yes because Turkic culture is non-western.

However, in terms of appearance, there are SOME (not all) Turkic people that physically look European, so those who fall under that category might not look like a POC to others. 

But ultimately I would consider Turkic people to be POC.

Reconstruction of Golden Woman, the ancient Scythian Princess of Kazakhstan

Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have recreated the impressive attire of an ancient Scythian princess from fragments discovered in a treasure-filled burial discovered two years ago in the Terekty district of Western Kazakhstan. The have also placed on display the unique golden artifacts found in the grave of the princess, who has been dubbed ‘Golden Woman’. Dating back 2,500 years, it is the oldest golden burial to have been unearthed in the country.

Goldan Woman was found buried in a mound, known as a kurgan, alongside numerous gold and silver vessels, makeup kits, golden jewellery, a headdress, a horse bridle, and other household items that were considered essential for the afterlife. The features of her burial are characteristic of Zoroastrianism, an ancient Iranian religion and a religious philosophy, which spread eastward towards Kazakhstan.  The princess belonged to the Saka (ancient Scythians), a group of nomadic warrior tribes of Iranian origin, who inhabited the steppes of modern-day Kazakhstan from around 1,000 BC to the first centuries AD. 

In total, more than 500 different golden fragments were found in her burial, which earned the woman her name - the Golden Woman or the Golden Princess. Thanks to Kyrm Altynbekov’s work, one can now see what Golden Princess might have looked like 2,500 years ago. She was covered with a blanket embroidered with golden plaques of four types: differently shaped geometric pieces depicted ram griffins, rams, griffins and swastikas. Scientists call them solar, implying worship of the sun characteristic for the nomads of the time, which is also supported by the “Avesta”, the core collection of sacred Zoroastrianism texts. (x, x)