Koshpendiler (“Nomads” translated from Kazakh) – is a collection of stories about Kazakhs, modern nomads, living abroad.
The Kazakh, originally descendants of the Turkic and medieval Mongol tribes as well as ancient Iranian nomads like the Sarmatians, Saka and Scythians from East Europe, emerged as a distinct ethnic group in the 16th century.
Modern Kazakhstan is home to 131 ethnicities, including Kazakhs (63% of the population), Russians, Uzbeks, Ukrainians, Germans, Tatars, Koreans, Uyghurs and many other diasporas thanks to the various migration waves in the Soviet times. Therefore, when we say Kazakhs, we mean all these ethnic groups living in our beautiful country. Just like their ancestors, modern Kazakhs are very keen on travelling and exploring the world. With our project we share our perspective on the concept of a nomad in the interconnected digital age.
The projected was created by a group of friends: Julia, Alissa, Oraz and Arys. The idea to create this website came to our minds in May 2015, when Julia and Oraz accidentally met in Moscow and realised how cool it was to meet a fellow countryman so far away from home. Alissa joined our team in August 2015 and Arys joined in January 2016.
Our project pursues two major objectives:
Firstly, to unite all Kazakhs living abroad. According to public information, there are more than 5 million of us across the world.
Secondly, to show Kazakhstan to the global community through the stories of our people and through our blog. That is why our website is available in English as well.
If you know someone you think we should tell about – do let us know. We want to find Kazakhs in every corner of our planet.
We are also open for collaboration in Kazakhstan as well as abroad. If you have an interesting project in mind or you would like to join our team – contact us.