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Kyrgyzstan Art Exchange Project    
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Mr. Ponzio's 7th grade, "XTREME ART!" class has been involved in an exciting online exchange with students from Kyrgyzstan!

Sponsored by the US State Department and the International Research and Exchange Board, (IREX), this project provided a forum for an educational cultural exchange between our two cultures. It has been a mutual learning experience as students shared information and insights about their lives, art, history and culture.

We are very excited to make new friends and have this opportunity to act as goodwill ambassadors for our country and learn about the history and culture of Kyrgyzstan. 

Below are some of the highlights that we have learned about Kyrgyz culture.

Geography of Kyrgyzstan    
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This is a map of Kyrgyzstan or more formally, the Kyrgyz Republic. A landlocked country, Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Kyrgyzstan has historically been an integral part of the Silk Road.
Rich History    
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Kyrgystan has a rich history and many historic architectural monuments. This is a picture of Burana tower. Below is a post by our new friend Burul who explained Kyrgyz Architecture:

Hello friends,
The best unique building of Kyrgyzsran are tower Burana, Tashrabat, monument of Manas, Saimal (also) Tash, Yzgen temple,mavsaleum of Shax Fazi, fortress Skyrdarbek.

We don't have skyscraper, because sometime we have earthquake.

Yes we have many special temple and old building. One of them is Moslim Mosque, Russian Church famous for their architecture, mountain Sulaiman.
The National Sports of Kyrgyzstan    
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While our students enthusiastically described American sports (in particular Gator Football), our new friend Lola described some of Kyrgyzstan's National Sports:

Kyz Kumai:
Boy on the horse tries to get the girl and kiss her, and then the girl on the horse tries to get the boy and beat him with lash.

At Chabush:
Boys ride on horses and who be the first, winner receive the prize.

Ulak Tartysh: Collect two team and they have two pits, like gate in the ‘football game (soccer)’, and they racing on the horse with died goat (yes, yes- died goat) and throw it, who throw goat more in the pit that team win.

Traditional Food and Dress    

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The girls in this picture are in traditional dress and holding a plate of Borsok, Kyrgyzsyan's national (fried) bread.

Lola also described traditional Kyrgyz National Dress:

1) Kalpak-cap for boy.
2) Tebetei-cap for old man.
3) Shokulo-cap for girls.
4) Uku topu-cap for old woman.
5) Elechek-cap for grandmother.
6) Koynok-dress for the girls and women.
7) Chepken-coat for the women and men.
8) Chuptama-skirt for the girls and women
9) Maasu- boot.
10) Goloch-galoshes.
Now we dress modern clothes: it is jeans, styles dress, sweaters, and skirts and so on.
 

Nurzat described many traditional Kyrgyz National dishes. (They looked delicious!)

In Kyrgyzstan have very delicious foods, basic it's meat. For example, as "Besh Barmak," "Kurdak," "Borsok" (our national bread) and "Shorpo."
To Besh Barmak add onion, noodles, boiled meat cuts on petty pieces, some mutton broth and all snirs. My favourite food it's manty and lagman. I can't think on the hungry stomach! I person which tasty eat. Manty-meat mince in paste. That's about dring I prefer juce oerfarm tea. Кош калгыла!!!
 
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Some Statistics from the US State Department    
Geography
Area: 77,181 sq. mi.
Terrain: 90% mountainous, with some desert regions
Cities: Bishkek (capital), Osh, Cholpon Ata, Karakol
Elevation extremes
lowest point: Kulundy village in the Batken province 401 m.
highest point: Jengish Chokusu (Pik Pobedy) 7,439 m.
People
Nationality: Kyrgyzstani
Population: (July 2008) 5,356,869
Annual growth rate (2008) 1.38%
Ethnic groups (2007)
Kyrgyz 68.9%
Russian 9.1%
Uzbek 14.4%
Dungan (ethnic Chinese Muslims) 1%
Uighurs 1%
Tajik 0.9%
Kazakh 0.8%
Tatars 0.7%
Korean 0.4%
German 0.3%
Main religions
Islam
Russian Orthodox
Languages
Kyrgyz (state)
Russian (official, 2001)
Education
Nine years compulsory
Literacy 98.7%
Health (2006)
Infant mortality rate-
29.2 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy-67.7 years
Population distribution (2006)
Urban 64.7%
Rural 35.3%
Government Type Republic
Independence: August 31, 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
Constitution: May 5, 1993; amended in 1996, 1998, 2003, 2006, and 2007
Branches: Executive--president, prime minister
Legislative--parliament
Judicial--Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, local courts
Procurator-General
Administrative subdivisions: Seven oblasts and the municipality of Bishkek
Political parties and leaders:

Ak Jol People's Party, no formal leader, but this is the party of President Bakiyev

Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev

Party of Communists of Kyrgyzstan, Iskhak Masaliev
Ar Namys (Dignity) Party, Feliks Kulov
Ata-Meken (Fatherland) Party, Omurbek Tekebaev
Jany Kyrgyzstan Party, Usen Sydykov
Erkindik (Freedom) Party, Shamshibek Utebaev
Zamandash Party, Muktarbek Omurakunov
Ak Shumkar Party, Temir Sariyev
Asaba (Flag), Azimbek Beknazarov
Green Party, Erkin Bulekbayev
 

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