Kirsten Verpaalen

Kirsten Verpaalen

Antropoloog en docent Nederlands als Tweede Taal
Kirsten Verpaalen
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Kyrgyz Mountain Kids - Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan by uncorneredmarket, via Flickr

Kyrgyz Mountain Kids - Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan by uncorneredmarket, via Flickr

Little boy from Kyrgyzstan

Little boy from Kyrgyzstan

A view across Lake Van in eastern Turkey, the new home of the Pamir Kyrgyz.

A view across Lake Van in eastern Turkey, the new home of the Pamir Kyrgyz.

Sculptor Akbar Kutlu, a professor at Van University. Akbar is the oldest surviving son of Rakhmakul Khan, who died in 1990. Akbar and his late brother, Malik, taught themselves to paint and sculpt while still living in Afghanistan. Their work often represents themes from the lives of the Pamir Kyrgyz.

Sculptor Akbar Kutlu, a professor at Van University. Akbar is the oldest surviving son of Rakhmakul Khan, who died in 1990. Akbar and his late brother, Malik, taught themselves to paint and sculpt while still living in Afghanistan. Their work often represents themes from the lives of the Pamir Kyrgyz.

A woman weaves a carpet in Uluu Pamir. Carpets woven here are sold to traders in the city of Van.

A woman weaves a carpet in Uluu Pamir. Carpets woven here are sold to traders in the city of Van.

Turgan is one of the last Sufi singers in the Kyrgyz community. Many Kyrgyz in Turkey have stopped learning traditional music as the influence of Islam grows. Turgan says that her children have urged her to stop singing, calling her music "the devil's work."

Turgan is one of the last Sufi singers in the Kyrgyz community. Many Kyrgyz in Turkey have stopped learning traditional music as the influence of Islam grows. Turgan says that her children have urged her to stop singing, calling her music "the devil's work."

Asil and her daughter, Semanur, one of four siblings. The children have learned the Kyrgyz language as well as Turkish. The family plans to move to Istanbul to seek better educational opportunities for the children.

Asil and her daughter, Semanur, one of four siblings. The children have learned the Kyrgyz language as well as Turkish. The family plans to move to Istanbul to seek better educational opportunities for the children.

Men relax outside in the village. The Turkish government sends mullahs to teach the Kyrgyz the tenets of Islam, but they otherwise have little contact with their neighbors in the region, who are ethnic Kurds.

Men relax outside in the village. The Turkish government sends mullahs to teach the Kyrgyz the tenets of Islam, but they otherwise have little contact with their neighbors in the region, who are ethnic Kurds.

Tolumbubu, the second of three wives of Pamir Kyrgyz leader Rakhmankul Khan. The practice of polygamy has mostly disappeared among the Pamir Kyrgyz who resettled in Turkey.

Tolumbubu, the second of three wives of Pamir Kyrgyz leader Rakhmankul Khan. The practice of polygamy has mostly disappeared among the Pamir Kyrgyz who resettled in Turkey.

Children return home from school. The local schools don't offer a complete secondary education, and many children are sent away to boarding school after age 13.

Children return home from school. The local schools don't offer a complete secondary education, and many children are sent away to boarding school after age 13.