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Smithsonian Associates Evening Program

Along Central Asia’s Silk Road: Culture, Traditions, History, and Legends

Presented by Zulya Rajabova, a Silk Road educator and travel expert.


Samarkand Once the main thoroughfare between eastern Asia and the West for pilgrims, merchants, and conquerors, the Silk Road routes hold a rich reward for the curious. Over thousands of years of history and representing a wide mix of ethnicities, religions, and traditions, the merchants of the Silk Road traded not just in goods, but also in culture and knowledge.

Long hidden from the West, the countries of Central Asia along the fabled route have emerged from Soviet rule as autonomous nations. In 2016, as each of these states celebrates its 25th anniversary of independence, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan are taking on identities as strategic economic and political players and the newest destinations for adventurous travelers.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.


Members $40 Visitors $50 Available Here


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