Kazakh Aul of the United States

Zhailau 2011

Staff

With loving guidance from the Aul parents and Kazakh teachers, everyone had fun while learning throughout the week.

Dancing

Erden taught the boys traditional dance...

Dancing

...while Dilara taught the girls.

cover face ceremony

The Aul learned about the Betashar, ("Reveal the Face") ceremony, a portion of the wedding tradition.

falcon

Kazakhstan is known for falconry, especially hunting with eagels, so all kids experienced falcons upclose.

Samal

Samal, Erden, and Gulmira played beautiful dombra and kobiz songs during Zhailau opening, closing, and evening events.

Erden and Gulmira

Samal, Erden, and Gulmira played beautiful dombra and kobiz songs during Zhailau opening, closing, and evening events.

dombra

They also taught dombra lessons. Students worked hard to master a closing ceremony song.

language

Alma-apai taught basic Kazakh language throughout the week.

big kid craft

Children and adults participated in several traditional craft making workshops. The big kids explored leather decorating.

middle kid craft

Kazakhs decorate with hand-sewn textiles. The intermediate kids created pillow coverings.

little kid craft

Historically, Kazakh men AND women were known as fierce warriors. The littlest kids designed cardboard shields.

book reading

This year, the oldest kids acquired leadership roles, including reading Kazakh stories to the younger kids.

Karlyga and Susan

Compliments of Karlyga, every child went home with a book about zhailau in Kazakhstan.

horse race

No Zhailau would be complete without horse racing!

sack racing

Sack races are FUN!

tug of war

Tug of war anyone?

lunch

Our cross-cultural cooking team created a delicious traditional Plov lunch for the entire aul.

GPC

Our camp resort, the GPC, provided beautiful beaches, canoeing, kayaking, and miles of nature hike trails.

Group

The best parts of Zhailau were the life-long friendships and reconnections...

Fun!

... and fun, fun, fun!