Native Lands Exhibition in Astana

The U.S. Embassy to Kazakhstan is pleased to announce the opening of the “Native Lands” photo exhibition in Astana at the Palace of Independence on July 4, 2014, at 17:00.

The “Native Lands” project, commissioned by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Kazakhstan and curated by Dr. Heather Sonntag of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, juxtaposes photographs of the nomadic practices of North American Plains Indians and Kazakhs of the 19th century.  The North American photography is the work of Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American ethnologist who depicted the indigenous peoples of the United States from 1904 to 1929 in The North American Indian, working with the support of financier J. Pierpont Morgan.  The photography from Kazakhstan was produced by Alexander Kun from 1868 to 1871 for The Turkestan Album commissioned by General Konstantin von Kaufman, the first Governor-General of Russian Turkestan.

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Kazakhstan is proud to share this unique exhibit, which portrays the traditional similarities of our two peoples, with the citizens of Kazakhstan.  The exhibit opened at the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts in Almaty in April, and will be distributed to American Corners around Kazakhstan after its completion in Astana.

The exhibition will run for one month, from July 4 until August 6, on the third floor of the Palace of Independence.

Please direct all press-related inquiries about this event to the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section at (7172) 70 22 16 or 70 24 15.