12 January 2012

Circassian Dancing

My origins get back to a mountainous country in the Caucasus. Circassia was located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. That was all before the Russian army took over after the The Caucasian War that lasted a 101 years. After Circassians were brutaly murdered and forced to leave their homes they left to Turkey, Syria, Jordan and many other countries around the world.
Our folklore dancing is our way to stay connected with our great history, and to keep reminding ourselves that no matter how many years have passed since the war ended we are still the people we used to be, and that we still have a home to go back to, and we are not giving up on that idea, not now, not ever.
Those are some photos I took during the Circassian Folklore concert.