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The girl from Kazakhstan living in Hawaii dreams to visit her Homeland

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The girl from Kazakhstan living in Hawaii dreams to visit her Homeland

A few days ago our news agency told about the eight-year-old artist living in the city of Honolulu. This city is in the State of Hawaii, the USA. We were interested in Aigerim's history. The matter is that by origin she is Kazakh woman, and has been adopted in Kazakhstan. The BNews.kz correspondent has decided to contact the foster mother of Aigerim, and has learned about her in more detail.

A little bit of history. Little, but a talented artist from our country living now in America has participated in the competition "Toyota Dream Car Art Contest" and has passed in the first 30 finalists from 831,000 participants from around the world. She has been adopted by Carol Middleton. According to Carol, Aigerim has inherited art abilities from the biological mother. The girl has reached the final stage of the competition and in August will go to Japan to an awards ceremony.

Photo: Carol Middleton's account in Facebook

Because of a 10-hour difference in time, our interview has taken place when in Astana there was a night. In the city of Honolulu, there was a morning at this time. The complexity was that we didn't manage to connect through video conference. We used WhatsApp. We exchanged audio messages. A lot of time took to listen to the answers. For a start, we, of course, have greeted each other.

Photo from the personal archive of Carol Middleton

Correspondent: Hello!

Carol: Hello, it is Carol and Azha, but she likes her Kazakh name Aigerim more.

Correspondent: How you learned about the tender "Toyota Dream Car Art Contest"?

Aigerim: Our school teacher told me about it. Last year I won the first place in the Hawaii island in this Contest. This year I also won first place, but this time I also the world finalist.

Correspondent: Aigerim, you are one of the 30 finalists. When you get to Japan what waits for you there? Will you receive the new car from "Toyota"?

Aigerim: On an arrival to Japan the company will provide us a cultural tour about the country of a rising sun, and afterward we will go to an awards ceremony to learn a name of the best finalist and who took the first three places.

Carol: The first prize for us is a ticket for a travel to Japan, for Aigerim and for me where everything will be paid and reserved by "Toyota". We will go to the factory, in the museum of the company and will be shown different sights.

Correspondent: Aigerim, tell in more detail about your dream car. It is similar to the castle as it has towers and rooms filled with people.

Photo from the personal archive of Carol Middleton

Aigerim: My car is a mobile playground for adults where they relax their brains. Inside, there is a water room, the room of confetti, the room with a hole for a ball game, the room of dirt. This vacation is a place for adults to rest from work when they were alarmed and want to be refreshed. After all rooms and games, they come back to work on iridescent bridges, having loaded with the energy of children and their creativity.

Carol: The daughter believes that they will become more creative and freshened up. Above the car, there is even a playground. The vehicle is operated by children because Aika considers that children know best how to play. Adults have to play as they will be told by children.

Correspondent: Aigerim, how old are you now?

Aigerim: I am 8 years old when I have painted a picture, I was 7.

Correspondent: Aigerim, you know about your roots? Perhaps, you say something in Kazakh or in Russian?

Aigerim: Yes, and I am very proud of my Kazakh origin. I don't know Russian, but I know such words as "Kazakh" "rakhmet". Recently we with my mother were in Mongolia where we stayed in a family of hereditary hunters with Eagles - berkutchi. I have learned a lot of things about the culture and even helped with the house. We have only returned from this travel where we lived with the Kazakh nomads.

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Carol: We went there that Aika has learned more about the native culture and her heritage. She has learned to embroider the Kazakh ornaments, to bake baursaks and shelpek, to graze the cattle, we even helped to build a yurta.

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Correspondent: Aigerim, what has surprised you in your native culture? 

Aigerim: I was most of all struck by internal furniture of the yurta, ornaments and an embroidery are amazing!

 

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Correspondent: Could you tell how did you get to know about hunting with an eagle? We know that you have made friends with the berkutchi-girl Aysholpan Nurgaiypkyzy who has become world-famous thanks to the documentary Eagle Huntress shot by the Sony Pictures company in the USA. Could you describe the process?

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Aigerim: A basis for hunting is the search of the eagle. At first, it is necessary to go to mountains with the field-glass and to find a nest of an eagle with eaglets. As soon as the nest is found, it is necessary, being careful, to rise uphill, sometimes very abrupt. Having reached the place, the hunter takes away an eaglet from the nest. It is desirable to find a female individual as the female is more active in hunting than a men's individual. Having taken away a bird, we come back to a yurta. We take care after a bird, we raise it, we feed with healthy food and as soon as it becomes rather adult, with an eagle it is possible to go hunting. Aysholpan is 13 years old, she is very good and hardworking. She prefers to put on her national clothes. The father of Aysholpan is a hereditary hunter. His ancestors since ancient times caught eagles and other young birds, trained them to hunt wild animals who were used in food. They sewed clothes from fur. The aul of Aysholpan is located on the border of Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

 

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Correspondent: What other hobbies do you have, except drawing? What music do you listen to?

Aigerim: I like to read and spend time with animals as I want to become a veterinarian when I grow up. At the moment I have two favorite songs "Closer" & "Shape Of You".

Photo by Asher Svidensky

Correspondent: What are your favorite subject at school?

Aigerim: Spelling and drawing where I create the stories.

Correspondent: Your family consists only of Aigerim and you? Are there any pets in the home?

Photo from the personal archive of Carol Middleton

Carol: When I have found Aia, I was married, but we have divorced a few years ago. Now I bring up Aigerim alone, but my big family helps me. Aia daily sees her grandmother and the grandfather, cousins.

Photo from the personal archive of Carol Middleton

Aigerim: We had 3 cats. Two of them have died because of old age, but we still have a cat called Ricky.

Correspondent: Carol, why you have decided to adopt the child from Kazakhstan? 

Carol: I consider that Kazakhstan was a good choice for an adoption as people are very nice there, and the culture of the people is extremely interesting. I am happy that I have found Aia in Kazakhstan. By the way, Kazakhs look very similar to Hawaiians.

Correspondent: Aigerim, do you have plans to arrive home?

Aigerim: I really want to visit Kazakhstan, and I think that in the near future we will fulfill this wish.: I really want to visit Kazakhstan, and I think that in the near future we will fulfill this wish.

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