History of Kazakhs presented in Tatarstan
The Kazan Kremlin hosted the ‘Great Steppe: History and Culture’ exhibition and showcasing the unique collections of the National Museum of Kazakhstan.
The exposition was part of a large-scale ‘The Golden Man Procession through the Museums of the World’ project.
The items showcased include the Kazakh Tutankhamun as well as unique artifacts dating back to the Stone Age and 20th century modern artifacts.
According to the Acting Director of the National Museum of Kazakhstan, Almaz Nurazhan, the format of the exhibition has changed following the publication of the ‘Seven Facets of the Great Steppe’ article, which was written by the Head of State, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The exhibition was organized in context of global cultural values, which demonstrates Kazakh ancestors’ contribution to development of human civilization from the Neolithic to the present day.
More than 200 artifacts convey the story of the civilization of the Great Steppe which was formed as a result of thousands of years of transcultural communication.
Director of Kazan Kremlin State Museum Reserve, Zilya Valeyeva said that the global history is unimaginable without a huge part of the history of the Turkic world.
“The Turkic world is difficult to imagine without Kazakhs and Tatars. In this regard, we both have common shrines and research complexes. We share a lot. We have what remains after the collapse of the Turkic states and what was survived, including a common language, religion and a common style of tangible culture,” she added.
Kazakh archeologist and PhD in History Zeinolla Samashev and Head of the ‘Archive 2025’ Research and Methodological Center, Berik Abdygaliuly also gave lectures in the Manezh of the Kazan Kremlin. The lectures were given as part of the exhibition program.
New archaeological findings and the study of sacred items on the territory of Kazakhstan and beyond have triggered the interest of the scientific community.
Tatarstan’s Minister of Culture, Irada Ayupova said that the exhibition shows that the future is impossible without paying attention to the past.
“This exhibition shows that no matter who we are and what the path of development is, we must always remember the roots from which the future generation grows. This exhibition shows that no matter how media and new technologies shape our world, preserving the artifacts is a true valuable seed of our heritage,” she said.
The exhibition is organized as part of the ‘Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity’ state program.
To date, the event was held in Poland, South Korea, China, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia. The exposition in the Kazan Kremlin lasts for one month. The next destination of the Golden Man will be the capital of Uzbekistan.