British traveler to write book about history of the steppe dwellers

British traveler to write book about history of the steppe dwellers

Kazakh people, as direct descendants of nomads, have every right to be proud of their magnificent history, according to British traveler John Massey Stewart. He studied Nursultan Nazarbayev’s article ‘The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe’ and was deeply impressed. The author wants to write a book about the history of the steppe dwellers. Prior to that, he published his work entitled ‘Thomas, Lucy and Alatau: The Atkinsons’ Adventures in Siberia and the Kazakh Steppe’ about brave English traveler Thomas Atkinson. In the 19th century, Thomas and his wife Lucy explored the land of the Great Steppe and kept a detailed diary describing the lives and culture of the local people.


- I have only been in Kazakhstan many many years ago in 1961 and got very interested in the country then and have as this interviewer knows, I’ve written a book about Kazakhstan and Siberia in the middle of the 19th century when there were three British travelers to which I’ve written about at length.

The Kazakh people’s unique heritage should be promoted throughout the world. The worldwide famous Golden Man should be exhibited in all parts of the world. This opinion was expressed by Member of the Polish Senate Kazimierz Kleina. The politician read ‘The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe’ article, which talks about the importance of the Golden Man. The senator also stressed that the Poles are proud that the Golden Man was exhibited in Poland for the first time in Europe. The exhibition titled ‘The Golden Man Procession through the World’s Museums’ was successfully held this autumn in Gdansk, the twin city of Astana.


- I read the President’s article with great interest. President Nazarbayev outlined the important aspects of your history. It was particularly interesting for me, that Nursultan Nazarbayev wrote about the Golden Man, because, I saw this valuable exhibit in Gdansk. It was incredible! The exhibition arranged by Kazakhstan’s National Museum and the Gdansk Museum was very popular. The Poles had the opportunity to attend the exhibition for almost a month. Many of them were surprised that this valuable finding was discovered in Kazakhstan. We, Europeans, know about ancient Greek and Egyptian history, but now, thanks to the Kazakh President’s initiative, we will learn more about the history of the Steppe civilization.