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Nomads [electronic resource]: Steppe Riders in Kyrgyzstan

Scorpion TV
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
"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.
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52 min.
8 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 24, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Steppe Riders in Kyrgyzstan
Nomads: How Ancient Traveling Societies Persevere
  • Horses, History, and Culture (3:38)
  • Importance of Horses to Kyrgyz Culture (1:36)
  • In Search of Purebred Horses (2:27)
  • Disappearance of Kyrgyz Horse (1:35)
  • Kyrgyz Horse Trainer (2:53)
  • Horse Training (1:24)
  • Festival Organization Challenges (1:35)
  • Winter Preparations (2:15)
  • Training on Horseback (4:18)
  • Old Battle Games (1:45)
  • Ancient Nomadic Game (2:21)
  • Winter Tasks (1:49)
  • Revival of Kyrgyz Horse (2:19)
  • Revival of Old Hunting Methods (2:31)
  • Nomad Music Revival (2:42)
  • Kyrgyz Aty Festival: Competition (3:16)
  • Wrestling on Horseback (1:34)
  • Cultural Heritage Revived (2:29)
  • Horse Race: Merciless, Long-Distance Ride (3:50)
  • Final Competition of Festival (3:20)
  • Horse Parade (2:10)
  • Credits: Nomads: Steppe Riders in Kyrgyzstan (0:34)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2008.
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  • 44866s Films Media Group
  • 44869 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (53 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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