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Students showcase their homeland during Nov. 14 Turkmenistan Culture Night

Posted November 1, 2018
By NWC News Desk

Area residents are invited to celebrate International Education Week with an evening of fun at Turkmenistan Culture Night Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. in the Yellowstone Building Conference Center on the Northwest College campus.

Students will introduce their Turkmen culture through a multimedia presentation of images, traditional dress, cuisine and music.

In addition, the winner of the 10-day Greece and Italy trip will be announced during the event. Those who are interested still have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket at https://51222.thankyou4caring.org/taste-the-nations. To view a full day-by-day itinerary, or sign up to attend the trip, visit https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2084335CC.

Located in Central Asia, present-day Turkmenistan covers territory that has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. The medieval city of Merv, now known as Mary, was an important stop on the Silk Road used for trade with China in the mid-15th century.

Turkmenistan declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Slightly larger than California and with a population of more than five million people, the country is bordered by Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the Caspian Sea.

Mostly an arid subtropical desert with little rainfall, more than 80 percent of Turkmenistan is covered by the Karakum Desert, one of the driest deserts in the world.

The country’s prominent horse culture includes Akhal-Teke, also known as the “golden horse,” thought to be one of the world’s oldest surviving breeds.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event or the Greece and Italy trip, contact Intercultural Program Manager Amanda Enriquez at Amanda.Enriquez@nwc.edu or 307-754-6424.