The Recovery and Preservation of Central Asian Nomadic Culture: The Challenges for Public Memory
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219)
Please join the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Saule Satayeva (Vice Director, Kazakhstans Central State Archive of Cinema and Photography). Kazakh nomadic civilization has traditionally lived in harmony with nature, in a number of different climates and in both urban and rural environments. However this traditional nomadic culture neared extinction under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, whose agricultural policies led to the Great Famine of the 1930s and overdevelopment of Kazakh lands. Visual anthropology, including film, photography, humanities and information technology, provides more information on little-known aspects of the lives of these nomadic peoples. This presentation will focus on the preservation of the Kazakh nomadic cultural heritage, revealing its identity and the historical significance of the nomad culture, with a particular emphasis on similarities in the preservation of Kazakh and Native American nomadic cultures. This presentation will share current preservation methods, including the publication of historical documents; protection of our natural resources; the revitalization of Kazakh language, ancient customs and traditions; and educational measures for teaching younger generations. Saule Satayeva is Vice Director of Kazakhstans Central State Archive of Cinema and Photography. A primary function of the Archive is the compilation of Kazakhstans audio-visual history. The majority of the Archive focuses on pre-Independence and the Soviet period in Kazakhstan, and has benefited from American scholars research and contributions.