Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tatarstan Constitution - Cyrillic Tatar

link to .pdf

and more concerning the Constitution

below is the text of Shamiev's Declaration of Independence: 1990

on the state sovereignty of the Republic of Tatarstan

The Supreme Soviet of Tatar Autonomous Soviet Social Republic,
-realizing the historical responsibility for the fortunes of multinational peoples;
-expressing respect to sovereign rights of all peoples, inhabiting the Russian Federation and the USSR;
-realizing the incapability of the status of Autonomous Republic, and the interests of future political, economic, social and spiritual development of the multinational peoples;
-ensuring the inherent rights of Tatars, of the whole population of the Republic to self-determination;
-aiming at the creation of legal democratic state,
1. PROCLAIMS Tatar state sovereignty and reforms the Autonomous Republic into the Tatar Soviet Socialist Republic (Tatar SSR) - The Republic of Tatarstan.
2. The land, its natural resources and other resources on the territory of the Tatar SSR shall be the exclusive property of Tatar people.
3. Irrespective of nationality, social origin, belief, political convictions and other differences, Tatar SSR shall guarantee all citizens of the Republic equal rights and freedoms. Russian and Tatar shall be state languages and shall be equal in Tatar SSR, the maintenance and development of languages of other nationalities shall be ensured.
4. The official state name in the Constitution, in other legal acts and in state activity shall be "Tatar Soviet Social Republic" ("Tatar SSR" or "The Republic of Tatarstan"). Republic's Supreme body of power shall be named "The Supreme Soviet of the Tatar SSR" and its enacting acts shall be named: acts of the Supreme Soviet of the Tatar SSR.
5. The present declaration shall be the basis for Tatar Constitution, for Tatar legislation, for participation of Tatar SSR in drafting and signing the Union Treaty, for agreements with the Russian Federation and other republics. It also shall be the basis for the presentation of the most important questions of state formation of Tatar SSR, its relations with the USSR, with the Russian Federation and other republics for the consideration of its people. The Constitution and the acts of Tatar SSR shall be supreme on the territory of Tatar SSR.
6. Before the adoption of new Constitution of Tatar SSR, other laws and regulations of Tatar SSR, acting laws of Tatar SSR, of the Russian Federation and the USSR remain valid on the territory of Tatar SSR, unless they contradict the Declaration on the state sovereignty of the Tatar SSR.
The present Declaration shall come into force from the date of its adoption.

M. Shaimiev,
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Tatar Soviet Social Republic
Kazan, August 30, 1990

Tatar Table in Istanbul

This image is from a table in Istanbul. 2011
galvanizing friendships and economic ties between Turkey and Tatarstan


Chekchek # 56

We're getting festive now with sparkly sprinkles and candy flowers - Lemon for your tea

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sabantuy Kunaklar and more...

Burlingame California - Sabantuy 2011

Rinat Zakirov - Head of Tatar Congress

Razil Valeev - Poet

Rinat Valeev - Gulshad Imamieva - Razil Valeev

The lady on the far left is Asiya and was guest Pianist. - Her playing was very soulful and passionate.

Sabantuy Peremech 2011

Mishtim torigiz - Peremechler yokliylar!

These infant Peremech are resting before a sizzle in hot oil

Roza Sings - Tatar Halik Muzik

(her page in English)

She released an album "Timeless: in Tatar"
"Beautiful melodies that came to us through the centuries - 8 Tatar folk songs in original arrangement"

Her take on "Su Buylap" is particularly lovely

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Turko - Terminology

Turkic Peoples = The Turkic peoples (also Turkics and Turks) are peoples residing in northern, central and western Asia, southern Siberia and northwestern China and parts of eastern Europe. They speak languages belonging to the Turkic language family. They share, to varying degrees, certain cultural traits and historical backgrounds. The term Turkic represents a broad ethno-linguistic group of people including existing societies such as the Turkish, Azerbaijani, Chuvashes, Kazakhs, Tatars, Kyrgyzs, Turkmen, Uyghur, Uzbeks, Bashkirs, Qashqai, Gagauzs, Yakuts, Crimean Karaites, Krymchaks, Karakalpaks, Karachays, Nogais and as well as past civilizations such as the Kumans, Kipchaks, Avars, Bulgars, Turgeshes, Seljuks, Khazars, Ottoman Turks, Mamluks, Timurids, and possibly the Xiongnu and Huns

Turkish People = people descended from Turks of the Ottoman Empire, now most of them are living in Turkey

Turkology = Turkology (Turcology, Turkologie) is a complex of humanities sciences studying languages, history, literature, folklore, culture, and ethnology of people speaking Turkic languages and Turkic peoples in chronological and comparative context. This includes ethnic groups from the Sakha in East Siberia to the Balkan Turks and Gagauz in Moldova.

, spelled also as Turkistan = (Persian: ترکستان) literally meaning "Land of the Turks". The term Turkestan is of Persian origin and has never been in use to denote a single nation. It was first used by Persian geographers to describe the place of Turkish peoples. After Persia had been considerably weakened by its defeat in 1860, Imperial Russia stepped up its campaign to wrest full control over the Central Asian region from Persian dominance and on their way southward, the Russians took the city of Turkestan (in present day Kazakhstan) in 1864, mistaking its name for that of the entire region, they adopted the appellation of "Turkestan" for their new territory.

Tartary or Great Tartary (Latin: Tataria or Tataria Magna) was a name used by Europeans from the Middle Ages until the twentieth century to designate a great tract of northern and central Asia stretching from the Caspian Sea and the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean inhabited by Turkic and Mongol peoples of the Mongol Empire who were generically referred to as "Tartars", i.e. Tatars. It incorporated the current areas of Siberia, Turkestan (including East Turkestan), Greater Mongolia, Manchuria, and sometimes Tibet.

Tartary was often divided into sections with prefixes denoting the name of the ruling power or the geographical location. Thus, western Siberia was Muscovite or Russian Tartary, eastern Turkestan (later Chinese Xinjiang) and Mongolia were Chinese or Cathay Tartary, western Turkestan (later Russian Turkestan) was known as Independent Tartary, and Manchuria was East Tartary.

In 2011 Tartary is quite the archaic term and Not the modern State of Tatarstan.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Blue Ribbon Chekchek

We'd never seen such an adorned checkchek, certainly for a wedding.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Zuhre Ebe recites Tugan Tel

И туган тел, и матур тел, әткәм-әнкәмнең теле!
Дөньяда күп нәрсә белдем син туган тел аркылы.
Иң элек бу тел белән әнкәм бишектә көйләгән,
Аннары төннәр буе әбкәм хикәят сөйләгән.

Г. Тукай

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Farmer's Palace - Kazan

Letters from Istanbul

My family in Istanbul would tape record little reel to reel tapes of "letters". They would gather at our Azuk Absi's house and sing and take turns sending greetings and well wishes. These tapes were made in the late 1960's.

http://www.box.net/shared/x7hufqqssf Letter one
http://www.box.net/shared/gfpr91j8qu Letter two
http://www.box.net/shared/l0hczbco78 Letter three
http://www.box.net/shared/zbc9eq9t1l Letter four