The yurt is a nomadic dwelling used among the Kazakh and Kyrgyz peoples. It has a wooden circular frame covered with felt and braided with ropes, and can be easily assembled and dismantled within a short period of time. The bearers of yurt-making knowledge are craftspeople, both men and women, who produce yurts and their interior decorations. Yurts are made from natural and renewable raw materials. Men make the wooden frames by hand, along with wooden, leather, bone and metal details. Women make the interior decorations and exterior coverings, ornamented with traditional patterns. As a rule, they work in community-based groups supervised by experienced women artisans, and employ weaving, spinning, braiding, felting, embroidering, sewing and other traditional handicraft techniques. Yurt creation involves the whole community of craftspeople, and fosters common human values, constructive cooperation and creative imagination. Traditionally, knowledge and skills are transmitted within families or from teachers to apprentices. All festivities, ceremonies, births, weddings and funeral rituals are held in a yurt. As such, the yurt remains a symbol of family and traditional hospitality, fundamental to the identity of the Kazakh and Kyrgyz peoples.
Ulak-Tartysh is the king of traditional games, dating from ancient times when horse-riding ability was an essential part of a nomad’s dignity and a swift horse was a sure sign of wealth. Like football with a goat instead of a ball, each team of up to 10 players tries to put a headless goat carcass into a goal, while the other team tries to prevent them. The winners give the goat to a village house of their choice, and are in turn invited in.
Tyiyn-Enmei – picking up coins from the ground while galloping on a horse. Several skilled horse men try to compete with each other. The one who get the most coins will get the prize.
Kyz Kuumai translated asgirl chasing is oldest game our people have been enjoying for many years. A girls is given a strong horse and a boy is given weaker horse. A girls is given an advantage to start first and boy chases a girl right after she gallops. A task of the boy is to reach a girl and kiss on her face. It would be shame on a boy if he cannot do this task. As a second part of the game, girl chases a boy. Her task is to reach him and hit on his back with the wipe as strong as possible.
Oodarysh (Er-Enish) - Wrestling on horseback. A man while on his horse tries to drag down his opponent from the horse. You need strong hands to win this game. Participants usually take off their upper clothes or shirt to ensure the comfortably.
Arkant tartysh is one of the games Kyrgyz people enjoy playing. The word arkan means a rope and tartysh means dragging or puling. In the past, nomads used to test the men of the region with this game. The team consisting of 5 strong men from one tribe competes with other five men from another tribe. As the word start goes, they start pulling the rope to their direction. A team who pulls the opponent to their line will get the point.