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Shaman clothing of the Yakuts (Sakha: Саха, Sakha) Turkic people which mainly inhabit the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic. The Yakut or Sakha language belongs to the Siberian branch of the Turkic languages. And mainly live in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the Russian Federation.


A phylogenetic tree of Turkic languages: Khalj, Turkish, Azeri, Turkmen, Kazan Tatar, Bashkir, Karachay-Balkar, Uzbek, Uyghur, Kyrgyz, Altai, Khakas, Tuvan, Sakha, Chuvash


Uighur people are settled (as opposed to being traditionally nomadic) Turks who have lived in the Kashgar and Tarim basins in what is today China for hundreds of years. Their history is truly fascinating. At one point, the Uighurs had created an almost utopian Buddhist society. Later they converted to Islam and eventually became scribes for Ghengis Khan’s empire. They speak a Turkic language that is extremely similar (mutually comprehensible, even) to Uzbek, which makes sense because in…

from Mashable

1907-1915: Russia Before the Revolution, in Color

ca. 1907-1915 Dagestan, meaning “land of mountains” in the Turkic languages, contains a population consisting of many nationalities, including Avars, Lezgi, Noghay, Kumuck and Tabasarans. Pictured here is a Sunni Muslim man of undetermined nationality wearing traditional dress and headgear, with a sheathed dagger at his side.