Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 131


Concept of family among Kyrgyz and Native American tribes

Saltanat Mambaeva
  • Saltanat Mambaeva
  • Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey
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  •  Received: 04 July 2012
  •  Accepted: 08 April 2014
  •  Published: 30 September 2014


The growth of technology in the world is the highest achievement of present-day civilization, but it is bringing us into a type of life and unifying our style of living, clothes, behavior and even language. Technology has replaced live communication, and this seems to be marring the borderline between diverse cultures as people become more and more technologically dependent. Smaller nations in this globalized world are gradually losing their cultures and languages, their unique inherited family values, which have been with them through many centuries and through the countless experiences of hundreds of generations. The family, once a source for each family member, has become only a tick on the documents, and it does not play the same role as it did before. Nevertheless, there are a few groups who try to keep their close family relationships and their own family concept for the next generation. Living in large extended families, they show that the family really is a small community, but from the family begins the society and the state. In this article I will refer to some family values of native American tribal peoples and Nomadic Kyrgyz tribal peoples from Central Asia. These two divergent groups have much more common between them and there is much to be shared.


Key words: Family concept, Native American tribes, Kyrgyz, customs and traditions