Steppe Riders in Kyrgyzstan

Streaming Video - 2011
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"I have found my mission in Kyrgyzstan," says French horse expert Jacqueline Ripart. In remote areas of the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan, Ripart hopes to find descendents of the small, tough horses with which Genghis Khan once conquered Central Asia - if they are not already extinct. Under Soviet rule, the Kyrgyz horse was bred with larger Russian strains to produce meat for slaughter. Traditional riding games were also abolished, as were traveling Kyrgyz minstrels and their music, leaving deep wounds in the cultural identity of a people who claim their sons can ride before they learn to walk. This program shows how, since the fall of Communism, Kyrgyz society has been trying to find its way back to the old nomadic traditions.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2008.
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (53 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Alternative Title: Steppe Riders in Kyrgyzstan


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