[CHINA / ETHIC GROUPS] Tuvintsiy v Kitae (Istoriko-etnograficheskii oçerk). [i.e. Tuvans in China (Historical and ethnographic essay)]

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MARINA V. MONGUSH, Izdatelstvo-Poligraficheskii Kompleks 'Ene Sözü', Kyzyl, 1997.

Original wrappers. Demy 8vo. (21 x 14 cm). In Russian. 78, [1] p., b/w ills.

Uncommon first Russian edition of this travel account of the language, folklore, and ethnography of Tuvans of China, living in the Altai Aimak of Xinjiang -Uighur autonomous region of the Chinese People's Republic, in picturesque mountains and steppes of the Altai Mountains. Igor Irgit, who was the head of the State committee for foreign economic connections at the time, was the first one to visit the Chinese Tuvans in 1992, and Marina Mongush, the scholar-ethnographer, visited them in 1993. One of 1000 copies.

The territory borders are north Russia, the west - with Kazakhstan, and the east - with Mongolia. Representatives of various ethnic backgrounds mingle in the Altai Aimak: Chinese, Kazakhs, Dunkans, Mongols, and Uighurs. Many Kazakhs can be counted in the compact Tuvan settlements (Ak-Khaba, Khanas, Khom, Ala-Khaak, Kok-Dogai). Tuvan families also live in the towns of Altai, Burchin, and Khaba.

Only two copies are in OCLC 50489604 (One copy is in the University of Washington Libraries).