[tatar-l] Re: cultural awareness for Tatar adoptive child
Did you receive my last E-mail???
I am surprised you did make a sound towards me since that letter.
I E-mailed it on Wednesday, I think.
- Hi, Leslie!
It is so nice to hear about your adopted baby! I am sure your child is
adorable and smart! I felt excited when I read your letter. I agree with
Azat, your son most likely is a Sibir Tatar or Volga Tatar kid.
Volga Tatar, by the way could be either Kazanlite, Mishar, Penza or Kasimov,
etc. We have so many groups according to different region. Usually the only
difference is slight language nuances and maybe, facial fearures. Tatar
Language has many dialects, but we all understand each other, of course. All
turkic languages are similar, Yakuts can understand Balkars, obviously within
one language we don't have a problem. However, I am sure, you aren't about
to teach your son Tatar at the moment.
Facial features, however, aren't always the best way to tell the Tatar
sub-group. If your son is a brunet (very black hair), asian eyes or eyelids
have some cris this can be only indicative of late metisation, by itself it
does not say that he is a Sibir Tatar .
However, if you baby is blue-eyed, blond kid (like Azat :) you may think that
his origin is Volga river, Volga region woods:), where Mongoloids didn't step
foot:) . Also, your kid can have European , beautiful hazelnut eyes and
black hair (like Sabirzyan)--most likely Kazanlite! Well, I am not an
expert, but don't rely very much on Rorlich book either, it is outdated.
Leslie, I know many Tatars in New York area. If you are interested, please
E-mail me. I also have some books which may help you to raise your son!