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is never more at home than when traveling around the Azerbaijani
countryside collecting folklore - especially legends. For the
past 50 years, he has been documenting these tales, even hiking
up to remote mountainous villages in the Caucasus, too dangerous
to reach by car. Why all this passionate pursuit? For Sadnik,
legends are the unwritten history of the nation, linking the
past to the present, and conveying the mentality, spirit and
values of a people across time and space. For him, legends know
no boundaries. See page 64.
||Thomas Goltz is
an old friend of Azerbaijan whose articles and Op Eds have appeared
in most leading U.S. publications. His Azerbaijan Diary (M.E.
Sharpe 1998/99) has been hailed as "essential reading for
all post-Sovietologists" and is used as a text book in leading
universities. His most recent book, Chechnya
Diary, was published by St Martin's Press/Tom Dunne in September
2003. He is currently at work on the third book on Georgia tentatively
entitled Chalk Circle, and a book and documentary video combo
of his motorcycle adventure down the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline,
Oil Odyssey. See Page 18
graduated from the Western University in Baku (2000) with an
interim year at Wesleyan University (Connecticutt). Then he did
his Masters at Washington University in St. Louis in Social Policy
(2000-2002). Today Fariz teaches at Western University and consults
with Cornell Caspian Consulting. He writes political analysis
for Jamestown Daily Monitor, Eurasianet.org, Central Asia - Caucasus
Analyst and Transitions On Line. See his article delving into
the significance of the recent murder
of Elman Huseinov, editor of Monitor magazine. Page 20.
||Founder and Artistic
Director of the Silk Road Dance Company, Laurel Victoria Gray
is the recipient of the Kennedy Center 2003 Local Dance Commissioning
Project Award and the International Academy of Middle Eastern
Dance (IAMED) Awards for Best Choreographer (2003) and Best Ethnic
Dancer (1999). Gray's research has taken her to five continents;
her articles have appeared in academic and popular publications.
Gray teaches dances of the Islamic World as Adjunct Faculty at
George Mason University and George Washington University. Her
Web site is LAURELVICTORIAGRAY.com.
See page 24 about her interpretation of Nizami's Seven Beauties.
||What's it like
to raise a child far away from Azerbaijan? Issues such as language
and culture are constantly on Irada Aliyeva's mind. In this issue,
Irada suggests that children are never too young to introduce
them to art. In her case, she takes her two-year old daughter
Jasmine to local museums. For art samples from Baku, they head
for AZgallery.org - a
Web site that features more than 3,000 works of art by 165 Azerbaijani
artists. In Autumn 2004, (AI 12.3), Irada observed the value
of lullabies and folk tales for strengthening emotional ties
and instilling love within children for their Mother tongue.
Search AZER.com. Page 22.
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