Come to Agul to Make Life-Long Friends

Come to Agul to Make Life-Long Friends

Come to Agul to Make Life-Long Friends Written by Illias Burkarov December 9, 2021 Stories about Dagestani hospitality can sometimes seem too pretentious. The picture is sometimes painted of locals always ready to receive unknown travelers seems too good to be true....
Preserving Culture Far from Home

Preserving Culture Far from Home

Preserving Culture Far from Home Written by Illias Burkarov with an Introduction by Corey Shepherd September 8, 2021 Some eight-plus years ago when I couldn’t speak Russian, Illias and I became friends on the strength of his English language skills and our shared...
Resurrecting a Balkar Culture Through Dance

Resurrecting a Balkar Culture Through Dance

Resurrecting a Balkar Culture Through Dance Written by Corey Shepherd July 9, 2021 Dating back as early as the 11th century, the Balkar people related to one another based on conduct codes called “adats.” According to ancient Balkar adats, young men were forbidden...
Glimpses into Chechen Wedding Traditions

Glimpses into Chechen Wedding Traditions

Glimpses into Chechen Wedding Traditions Written by Corey Shepherd April 18, 2021 Mansur, a young soon-to-be cardiologist from the village of Bratskoye, Chechnya, was home for the summer working at the local hospital. A nurse from the same village was also home for...