Turkey: Volga Tatar Community Losing Touch with Heritage

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A shepherd drives his sheep to a field outside of Osmaniye.

The bulbous brass samovar on a table in the Tatar-Turkish village of Osmaniye is definitely not a historic relic. Nearly 120 years after its arrival in Turkey from Russia, villagers say it is one of the few links left to their Tatar homeland in the Volga River.

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Justin Vela is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.

Turkey: Volga Tatar Community Losing Touch with Heritage

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