Land of the Cossacks
- a) People who lived in Southern Ukraine and Russia during the 15th – 18th centuries
- b) Warriors who fought against the Turkish people and many other groups
- c) Members of a Democratic society, where knowing how to write and share your voice was valued
- d) Rough guys who used bad language and stole things when needed
- e) All of the Above
Your challenge is to find out about who the Cossacks were and why they are important in Zaporizhya. This relates to MY challenge from last night, which was to understand a play which we went to see on Khortytsia Island. It was a beautiful play performed outdoors right by the Dneiper River, at the Sich Fortress (the place that is like Plimoth Plantation). It was a warm, sunny afternoon with a perfect breeze, and the play featured horses, fabulous costumes, and beautiful music. The only problem? It was in Russian. Lydia was sitting next to me translating bits and pieces. So, I know that the play featured a Cossack guy named Mamai who was separated from his brother when he was small. His brother converted to Islam and joined the Turkish side, who were the Cossacks’ enemy. Can you understand anything else about the plot by watching this video?
Mamai is a famous fictional character from Cossack legends. In fact, there’s even a sculpture of him on the island. Carol and I call him the “Cossack Buddha” because of his round shape in this statue. Actually, we went to a museum today and saw real Cossack artifacts. Check it out!