Haytarma

Justyna Górniak

2019

The annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in March 2014 has not been recognized internationally. It is estimated that around 20,000 Crimean Tatars left the peninsula after the annexation, fearing repressions or simply disagreeing with the new reality. As Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) they have lived dispersed in mainland Ukraine.

Around 20 religious Crimean Tatar families have found refuge in Drohobych, more than 1000 km away from their historical homeland. Prolonged displacement is marked by the notion of homesickness, temporality and uncertainty about the future but also by the sense of collectively and hope for the return to Crimea.

“Haytarma” is a traditional Crimean Tatar dance, the name of the dance can be translated as a “return”.

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