Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Tatars in Tatarstan and other places in Russia use the Russian Alphabet. Tatars add an additional character or two, but the alphabet is essentially Russian. There were attempts made at adopting the Latin Alphabet, but those attempts were suppressed by Moscow. Most Tatars in diaspora communicate in the Tatar Language using Latin letters.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Volga River is an 80.7-mile-long (129.9 km) river in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is the major tributary of the Turkey River in the northeastern part of the state. The river runs through Fayette and Clayton counties before joining the Turkey River near Elkport. The Turkey River then runs into the Mississippi River near the town of Cassville, Wisconsin. The Volga River State Recreation Area is a state park along the river near Fayette.
We like Olga from the Volga but Joan Davis' character certainly isn't a Tatar Woman. First of all, a Tatar family would never give their daughter a Russian name. They would choose a Tatar name or a name from some other ethnicity other than Russian, as in Spanish or German. The Tatar people also refer to the Volga river as the "Idel".
“1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization” is a blockbuster traveling exhibition that highlights the enormous contribution to science and technology made by men and women of different faiths and cultures who lived in Muslim Civilization.
“Muslim civilization stretched from southern Spain as far as China,” explains Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions. “For a thousand years, scholars built on the ancient knowledge of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, making breakthroughs that helped pave the way for the Renaissance. The discoveries made by men and women of different cultures working in Muslim civilization — from automatic machines and medical marvels to astronomical observations and inspiring architecture — have left their mark on the way we live today.”
1001 Inventions is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of scientific and cultural achievements from the ‘Golden Age’ of Muslim Civilisation and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world. The 1001 Inventions exhibition was named the Best Touring Exhibition of the Year at the Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards in 2011. This highly interactive exhibition showcases the historic advancements in navigation, medicine, hydraulics, optics, mathematics and more.
"The mission of National Geographic is to spread knowledge of the world and its cultures — past and present," said Kathryn Keane, Vice President of Exhibitions at the National Geographic Society. "This exhibition is an opportunity to share the fascinating history of Muslim civilization with our audiences and to celebrate great scientific achievement and innovation."
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The grave marker of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Our hunt for "Tatar Washington DC" continues In Arlington National Cemetery, where we paid our respects to many fallen heroes and figures in American history including President John F. Kennedy, and his family resting at his side.
In the Museum of National History, part of the Smithsonian museum displays this gown worn by Jacqueline Kennedy on the day of her husband's inauguration
Margot and Rudolf
Jacqueline Kennedy, being fond of the arts, viewed a performance of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dancing "Giselle". She was pleased enough to make her way backstage with flowers for Mr. Nureyev where his manager told her that "Rudi needs to rest" and did not tell Nureyev of his honourable guest. Afterward, he was furious and made great efforts to find Jackie and repair this awkward introduction and did in fact solidify a loving mutual friendship between the two.
Here is Rudolf Nureyev with Bobby Kennedy
Here is Rudolf with Caroline Kennedy
Here is Rudolf Nureyev's Grave in Paris, France
more on his grave here
more on his grave here
Poland was the furthest West extent of the Golden Horde. There are many in Poland that identify as Tatar and we are told that as in Russia, "If you scratch a Pole, underneath you will find a Tatar"
Wandering the streets of Washington DC, camera in hand, we found yet another connection to our ancestral heritage.
Polish - Dziadkowie mówili tatarskiego!
English - Grandparents spoke Tatar!
"Moja rodzina w Polsce jest pochodzenia tatarskiego"
"My family in Poland is of Tatar descent"
Our uncle, Hayrullah whom we've shown climbing the minaret in Kobe Japan was being groomed by the Japanese government to be a Mullah. He was sent to Egypt, as part of a group of young Tatars they had hoped would help administer regions within the future expanded Japan.
World War II put an end to that and Hayrullah ended up in a Turkish military academy, with the assistance of a sponsor. It was not possible to just immigrate to Turkey. There was a fee for admittance to Turkey and Turkish residency.
At this academy, he learned and advanced ranks to become a Tank commander and he served in the Korean War conflict with the Turkish Army, administered by the United Nations. Hayrullah passed away in Turkey in 1969.
This war is not officially over and there are thousands of soldiers on both sides facing off to this day, forty three years after his death.
We'd hoped that we would have some time to view embassies of nations of other Turkic states. Where are they? What face do they present to the world? We were fortunate in that we didn't need to hunt them down. There were many in the neighborhood of our hotel in Northwest Washington DC.
These structures are all very interesting but leave us longing for a Free State of Tatarstan, with the Flag of Tatarstan hanging out front and a nice sign that reads: "The Democratic Republic of Tatarstan". Will this dream ever come true? These structures assert the sovereignty of these states and all that comes along with that sovereignty; language rights, territorial integrity, etc..
The embassy of Mongolia is in Georgetown.
This tremendous sculpture sits outside the Embassy of Kazakhstan, NW Washington DC.
Monday, October 8, 2012
At the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, we were stood in front of this image from a B-29 Bombing raid over Japan and were horrified to see that this image is actually from June 5, 1945, a time when many Tatars, including our family, were under all these bombs.
Our hunt for the Tatar experience continued at the World War2 Memorial. Many Tatars living in California were in Japan and China during World War 2.
Our Tatar brothers in Tatarstan refer to World War 2 as the Great Patriotic War. We are told stories of a difficult life during and after the War in Japan, difficult for Japanese, and very difficult also for Tatars. Our family house is a museum now, one of the first in Kobe with a western design.