Photos of the people of Uzbekistan

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The People of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a multinational state with many nationalities living here. About 80% of population are Uzbeks, of Turkic origin and more than 10% are representatives of other Central Asian ethnicities: Tajiks (4,5%), Kazakhs (2,5%), Karakalpaks (2%), Kyrgyz (1%), Turkmens and others, like Uyghurs and Dungans, originally from China. Other large ethnic groups include Russians and other Slavic nations (around 10%). During the Second World War and Stalin’s repressive regime many people of other nationalities were deported to Uzbekistan.

Tashkent Circus building
Family having ice cream
Taking a photo
Four men, Mizdakhan
Making of Plov
Aijamal Taibaldieva
Mother and son, Khiva
Posing with headgear
Women carpet weaving
Girls doing embroidery
Friendly women with baby
Uzbek family
Elderly man, Khiva
Playing in the park
Mother and children
Uzbek women
Young boy and girl, Khiva
Women and children
Woman and children
Woodcarver at work
Lab-i Hauz pond
Getting a photo taken
Posing with the emir
Uzbek women, Registan
Four men, old town
Old man begging
Mother and son
Taxi driver Igor Sultanoc
Woman at the tombs
Ritual at Royal Cemetery
Tea with Umar
Gjulbonu  and Sher
Qumtepa bazaar, Marg'ilon
Selling chick peas, Qumtepa bazaar
Shashlik, Qumtepa bazaar
Preparing non, Qumtepa bazaar
Selling medicines, Qumtepa bazaar
Qumtepa bazaar, Marg'ilon
Selling cucumbers, Qumtepa bazaar
Man on a scooter, Marg'ilon
Father and daughter, Marg'ilon
Women in khanatlas dresses
Selling boots, Qumtepa bazaar
Men having tea, Qumtepa bazaar
Fiendly woman, Qumtepa bazaar
Selling peppers, Qumtepa bazaar
Selling carrots, Qumtepa bazaar
Uzbek man, ice cream

The name Uzbek only appeared in the 15th-16th centuries. There were also people who identified as Sarts, usually town dwellers, but after establishment of Soviet Union, Soviet linguists identified that Sarts and Uzbeks were speaking the same language with slight dialectal differences. Although there were considerably more people identifying as Sart rather than Uzbek, the Soviets officially replaced Sart identity with Uzbek identity in 1921.

The Uzbek language is the sole official language in Uzbekistan and is spoken by around 28 million native speakers here and in surrounding countries of Central Asia. It belongs to the Eastern Turkic or Karluk branch of the Turkic language family and has been influenced by Russian (in its vocabulary), Arabic (in terms related to Islam) and Persian: the shift of the vowel /a/ to almost /o/, as is obvious in some Uzbek place names: O’zbekiston rather than Uzbekistan and Buxoro instead of Bukhara.

The people of Uzbekistan of all ages, young and old, are very open and friendly to the visitor as can be seen in these photos.