Enduring Transformation: The Kazakh People in a Changing World

A collaboration with the Anthropology Department at TAMU reflecting current research on urban migration among Kazakh tribesmen in Mongolia, a pattern increasingly seen in developing countries as economic necessity prompts traditionally nomadic groups to resettle into urban areas.

This exhibit will contribute clarity and understanding to a timely and troubling reality, one repeated across the world in the emerging global economy. In addition to items demonstrative of traditional Kazakh material culture, the exhibit will feature previously unpublished photographs by David Edwards, National Geographic Magazine photographer.

In Western Mongolia, immigrant Kazakh peoples represent 80% of the population. This extraordinary circumstance has made Mongolian Kazakhs a fascinating case study in expatriatism. Enduring Transformation celebrates unique aspects of Kazakh culture within Mongolia, where a small but distinct group of ethnic Kazakhs maintain their cultural identity. Many still practice a nomadic way of life and other fascinating customs such as hunting with eagles. However, modern global processes, the influence of Islamic missionaries, and the introduction of new technologies are bringing change to this long-established group. The exhibit features stunning photographs by David Edwards, National Geographic photographer, and items demonstrative of traditional Kazakh material culture, including two authentic yurts, complete with furnishings.

This exhibit was made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley and through underwriting provided by the William Knox Holt Foundation and the National Science Foundation.