Samuil Dudin (1863-1929) made his first trip to the Great Steppe in 1891 on the Orkhon expedition on study of Mongolian antiquities. Dudin made keen documentation and photographs of Kazakh culture, community, lifestyle and art of the late 19th century.
Women wielded decisive power, control and influence within the traditional family structure of nomadic people of the Great Steppe. Exclusive to the Abai Center, Inga Stasevich, Central Asia expert at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology in St. Petersburg,
Dr. Paul Michael Taylor writes of the collaboration between Kazakhstan & The Smithsonian's Asian Cultural History Program (ACHP).
Historian Sergey Yatsenko analyses new information and artifacts on historical dress and fashion, while painting a vivid portrait of historical Turkic culture.
The qyl-qobyz, a Kazakh folk instrument, provides unique insight into Kazakhstan's nomadic history and culture. Ethnomusicologist Megan Rancier writes on the instrument's past and relevance today.
Many refer to Kazakhstan as “young.” But the reality is that it has a rich history and tradition of philosophy and poetry that continues to influence today.
Scholar Diana Kudaibergenova speaks to the continuing relevance of Abai as a cultural figure in modern Kazakhstan, while recognizing his rich history and titan-like status.