Within the Slavic Global Village there is much discrepancy regarding origins and ethnicities. Cultural geography scholars propose the Slavic area as a culture region all its own. The map below does not represent the whole of the Slavic region, but illustrates the many original Slavic tribes. Click on the map to enlarge it for optimum viewing.
The video below describes Slavic countries along with capital cities.
Some of the earliest human remains found in this Global Village are dated to 32,000 years ago and belong to a culture known as the Gravettian culture. Ten thousand years ago Slavic tribes settled Belarus, and anciently there was a cultural settlement in the Kyrgyz mountains, which was an advanced civilization. Archaeologists have uncovered bronze battleaxes, arrowheads, daggers, casting molds, and even gold bars, which may have been used as money.
Slavic language groups have nearly three million speakers, but there are many different ethnic groups found in this Slavic Global Village. Some are Russians, Tatars, Ukrainians, Bashkir, Belarussian, Moldavian, and Chuvash cultures.
The fall of the Soviet Union promoted sovereignty and created struggling democracies, but smaller Slavic countries are still not independent because of their need for Russia’s natural resources.
Join me in the classroom to learn more about this very large and complex Global Village.