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About this collection

This collection includes images, notes and diaries, and an extended geneaological map of nomadic Yörük tribal families collected during the fieldwork of ethnologist Ulla Johansen in Turkey in 1956-57.

Nomads on horseback - is one of the nomadic Turkic community that settled relatively recently. Typically living a nomadic life and traveling in tents set up on the plains or plateaus, their origin goes back to Oğuz Turks. They emigrated from Central Asia through Iran after the victory of Seljuq Turks against the Byzantine army near Manzikert in 1071.

They continued the same old lifestyle in Anatolia and Rumeli (the Balkans) yet some of the Oğuz tribes, known as Türkmen, settled after islamization, and the ones continued nomadic lifestyle came to known as Yörük.

Johansen’s fieldwork on Yörüks of Anatolia with the materials represented in this collection became the basis for her scholarly publications and papers later.

 
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