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Members of a Single People
Circassian Diaspora Calls on Circassians in Russia to Declare Themselves Members of a Single People. Read more...
Moscow Academics Acknowledge Circassians are One People Not Four
Fairborn, June 23 – The Moscow Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences has declared that the Circassians are one people with a single ethnonym (“Adyge”) and not five peoples – the Adygey, the Cherkess, the Kabardinians, and the Shapsugs – subdivisions of that people that the Soviet system used to divide the Circassians. Read more...
Xth Session of the UNPO General Assembly
On the occasion of the Xth session of the UNPO General Assembly, the following general resolution was adopted. Read more...
UNPO 10th General Assembly Member Resolutions
Call upon the Russian Federation to officially recognize all Circassians, whether they reside in historical Circassia or as part of the Circassian Diaspora, as the indigenous people of their motherland Circassia, affording them all rights, and accepting all responsibilities to them, as enshrined in the entire 46 Articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Read more...
May 21, 2010. Footage from around the world
May 21st is the day for Circassians to remember and honor the great sacrifice our ancestors made for our homeland! Read more...
Circassian Memorial Day 2010
Presentation marking the 146th anniversary of the Circassian Genocide, given by Lamis Saway and John Haghor, to friends and members of the Circassian Association of California. Read more...
Australian Adyghe Stamps
May 6, 2010. The Australian Adyghe Khassa the Circassian Association have released a series of commemorative collector stamps through Australia post to mark The 21st May Circassian day of mourning Read more...
The Economist: A new sort of togetherness
Take a diaspora as obscure as the Indians are visible. The Circassians descend from a Caucasus nation obliterated by Russia’s tsar in the mid-19th century, losing around half its 2m population. Read more...
The Last Howl
From an aerial perspective one can see the land is enveloped. Further south lays the majestic ranges of the northern Caucasus. They include the epic double peaks of Mount Elbrus. Historically, the strategic placement of these ranges acted as natural borders holding off invaders from the lower south for hundreds of years. Read more...
Matthew Light - The challenges and opportunities for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Matthew Light - Sochi and Northwest Caucasus -I and -II.
The indigenous Cirassian people formerly inhabited the entire Black Sea coast, including Sochi, but are now concentrated in Adygeia. Some Circassian activists allege that Olympic construction is already resulting in the destruction of important historical sites. In particular, the mountain area known as Yasnaya Polyana, slated to be the site of the downhill events, was the location of a decisive battle between Russian troops and Circassians during Russia's 19th century conquest of the region; the name actually means `Red Meadow,' – a reference to the blood spilled there. While North American Olympic cities like Vancouver and Salt Lake City have wrestled with this continent's own painful aboriginal history, Russia's Olympic preparations have shown unwillingness even to acknowledge native peoples' concerns, let alone address them in the planning process. Read more...
Crossing the Mountains
Georgia’s Wish to Challenge Russia in the North Caucasus Is Tempered by a Sober Understanding of the Diplomatic and Political Implications. The Georgian Parliament has received a petition asking its deputies to pass a legal and political judgment on the events of the 1860s and 1870s in the Northern Caucasus and to acknowledge the “genocide” of the Circassian people during this era. Read more...
Acoustic correlates of stress in Turkish Kabardian
Stressed syllables were found to have consistently higher fundamental frequency and characteristically greater duration and intensity than unstressed syllables. No evidence was found for secondary stresses. Schwa and, to a lesser extent, /ɐ/ were shown to undergo slight raising as their duration in unstressed syllables decreased. Read more...
Perceptual Cues to Yes/No Question Intonation in Kabardian
This paper reports results of a perception study of yes/no question intonation in Kabardian as spoken by the diaspora community in Turkey. This study argues that stimuli were more likely to be judged questions as the terminal F0 points were lowered. Furthermore, question responses became more numerous as the steepness of the drop in F0 from the stressed syllable to the following word increased. The effect of lowering the terminal F0 values and increasing the slope of the post-accentual F0 fall was cumulative in inducing question judgments Read more...
Cherkessk Community of Australia
Circassian community of Australia is deeply concerned about the situation around the disputed land in the Kabardino-Balkaria. The draft law "On the status of land transhumance in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic" detriment to the interests Circassians CBD seriously destabilize the already strained relations between the Circassians and Balkars. Read more...
Circassians Look to Georgia for International Support
The genocide committed against the Circassian nation by Czarist Russia in the 1800s was the biggest genocide of the nineteenth century. Yet it has been almost entirely forgotten by later history, while everyone knows the later Jewish Holocaust and many have heard about the Armenian genocide. Read more...
Circassian Repatriation, by Cicek Chek
Any effort to formulate a successful repatriation program requires a thorough analysis of historic and current repatriation efforts, an understanding of what has and has not worked, and why. It is also critical to clearly define what the goals of repatriation are to all the stakeholders; the Diaspora, the current residents and the state. Read more...
The Reality behind the Circassian Myths, by Zaina Al-Sa’id-Cardan
Mythology is often misinterpreted as fiction and the illusionary relics of the ancients. The bygone fables about world creation and legendary heroes whose names decline to vanish in the labyrinth of time, have become illogical to be considered from an authentic perspective during an age, where written history, science, and religion play the key factors in determining true from false. Read more...
Yuri Temirkanov
Acclaimed International Conductor and foremost Circassian musician on the world stage. In 2009 Yuri Temirkanov became the Honorary freeman of Saint-Petersburg. Read more...
Interview with Mohydeen Quandour
Mohydeen Quandour, famous Circassian director of the upcoming movie "Cherkess" has answered questions of CW about his new movie and future projects. CW gratefully acknowledges the insights that Mr. Quandour has kindly shared with us. Read more...
The Ubykhs
The Ubykhs were a Circassian people, closely related, linguistically and ethnically, to the Abkhazians of the present-day Abkhazian ASSR (Republic of Abkhazia at present time-olympicgenocide.org), but who occupied a place quite apart in the western group of the peoples of the Caucasus . At the same time Read more...
Tevfik Esenç - the last person able to speak the Ubykh language
Esenç was raised by his Ubykh-speaking grandparents for a time in the village of Haci Osman  in Turkey, and he served a term as the muhtar (mayor) of that village, before receiving a post in the civil service of Istanbul. There, he was able to do a great deal of work with the French linguist Georges Dumézilto help record his language. Read more...
Circassian Recipes
Audio, Video, and Circassian recipes that will make your mouth water.
Also, please send us your recipes showcasing great Circassian cooking...
The Circassian Genocide, by Antero Leitzinger
The genocide committed against the Circassian nation by Czarist Russia in the 1800s was the biggest genocide of the nineteenth century. Yet it has been almost entirely forgotten by later history, while everyone knows the later Jewish Holocaust and many have heard about the Armenian genocide. "Rather than of separate, selectively researched genocides, we should speak of a general genocidal tendency that affected many – both Muslim and Christian – people on a wide scene between 1856 and 1956, continuing in post-Soviet Russia until today", writes Antero Leitzinger. This article was originally published in "Turkistan News". Read more...
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Short Description of the 12 Circassian Tribes
Abadzeh - Besleney - Bzhedugh - Yegerukay - Zhaney - Kabarday - Memheg - Natuhay - Temirgoy - Ubyh - Shabsug - Hatukay Read more...
Circassian Names
List of Circassian first names
By Amjad Jaimoukha. Read more...
Window on Eurasia:
Circassians Reaffirm Common Identity on Deportation Anniversary
by Paul Goble Read more...
Circassian Cuisine
by Amjad Jaimoukha
Read this interesting look at Circassian hospitality and cuisine. Read more...
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