Saturday, January 29, 2011


Bilbil = Nightengale
(click on the pic to hear a Bilbil)

Tatars love to sing about nature and many songs refer to birds and birdsongs. Bilbil birds are referred to again and again in Tatar songs and poems. Also the Tatar singing group in Burlingame, California is called "Bilbillar"- "the Nightengales"

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tatar TV on youTube

Theses are High-Quality archived video from THB (TNV) Tatar Television.
and they're GREAT!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kazan 1988

Pictures from Kazan in 1988

A group of Tatars from Helsinki was organizing a trip to visit Kazan. They sent along an invitation to Tatars in California to join them.

I flew to Helsinki, spent some time there and in Northern Finland, then on the Tolstoy Express train to Moscow. Flight from Moscow to Kazan.

This was during the time of Gorbachev. It was still very much a Communist State.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ebe shows how to make Peremech

Soyembike - Regal

This has to be the most regal looking image of Our Lovely Soyembike.

The Volga Bulgarians

There are a number of statements made as fact in this video above that are not entirely accurate. This video is from the angle of a modern Bulgarian, we believe.

Below - Pilgrimage to Bolgar

and in Bulgarian:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rita's Tatar Lecture - 2010

Rita lectures about Tatars
recorded in Burlingame , California
This sharp young visitor is from Tatarstan and we were fortunate enough to hear her lecture on Tatars.