Online Course: Seven Facets of the Great Steppe

Seven Facets of the Great Steppe

Seven Facets of the Great Steppe

Seven Facets surfaces scientific and historical facts to objectively understand the Kazakh peoples' role in history of human development and Western civilization.

Horsemanship, Cradle of the Turkic World, Animal Style, Great Silk Road, Golden Man, Metallurgy

Schedule: Self-paced

This course awards CEUs & Certificate


This course is free.


Cultural history is a powerful unifying force for Kazakhs and all Turkic peoples. Central to 'being Kazakh' is an deep intimacy with the land -- the Great Steppe. Kazakh ethnonational identity is rooted in Nomadic life and survival on the steppe and a mindufulness of their ancestral legacies. The Great Steppe is comprised equally of complexity and simplicity and is strong force for all citizens.

Elbasy Kazakhstan's First President Nursultan Nazarbayev called on all Kazakhs to respect and study Great Steppe history and to draw on it for strength and guidance. But he also called for a scientific approach to be applied to the study of the Great Steppe. Elbasy provided seven core facets that comprise Great Steppe and what it means to be Kazakh and Kazakhstani.


  • Elbasy's Call to Action
    In his article Seven Facets of the Great Steppe, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev called on a new philosophical level to comprehend the ancient history of the Kazakh people's historical ethno-national identity that predates today's modern republic by many many centuries.
  • Cradle of the Turkic World
    History and geography formed a special model of continuity of the Turkic states, the great steppe empires. For centuries, they have successively replaced each other, leaving their significant mark in the economic, political and cultural landscape of medieval Kazakhstan.
  • Horsemanship
    The domestication of horses first took place in the territory of modern Kazakhstan, which marked the beginning of the culture of horsemanship. The ancestors of Kazakh people invented the high saddle and stirrups. Innovations allowed horse riders to sit confidently on a horse and use their weapons more efficiently.
  • Animal Style
    Kazakh ancestors used the images of animals in everyday life to show a strong connection between people and nature, pointing to the spiritual guides of the Steppe people. These images were often produced with the use of the most advanced techniques of the time

Continuing Education & Professional Development

Certificate of Completion

Those who complete this course will earn an Abai Center Certificate of Completion. This course certificate may satisfy professional and continuing education credit unit requirements from professional organizations and industry associations. CEUs for this course are awarded by the Community College of Allegheny County Professional Continuing Education. We suggest completion of this course with the certificate meets three (3) Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) and one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH).