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A black boy from Karabakh

01412v Garabala is an Azeri idiom and can be translated as black boy. Garabala is someone who has dark-coloured or sun-burnt skin, short, thin and small body, shrewd and sharp-witted character. Garabala is an idiom used with positive and cheering connotations.

When Barack Obama has appeared at political landscape, he became a local celebrity in Azerbaijan, especially among ordinary working people and independent intellectual minds. Because, in the eyes of locals, he was a Garabala.

And the photo displayed above is another Garabala and this photo is a real treasure! According to Library of Congress description, this photo is from George Kennan’s archive, and was shot between 1870-1886 in those days’ Russian Azerbaijan. It depicts an Arap, or a black man from…. hmm, guess… Karabakh!

I am looking at this Garabala, and can’t stop wondering about the ways this young African man could end up in Karabakh. Was he a eunuch in someone’s harem? Was he someone’s slave-bodyguard? Was he an artist from an exotic circus? Who was he?

Inscribed on verso is simply “Karabakhski ‘Arab’ Negro mountainier”.

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  1. İyun 26, 2009 tarixində, saat 14:11

    Nothing new. Frozen conflicts.
    Both sides meeting, eating and drinking about how to solve the problem. Nothing changed.

  2. Ansar
    İyun 26, 2009 tarixində, saat 07:30

    students. And they told me about Karabakh.

  3. Ansar
    İyun 26, 2009 tarixində, saat 07:29

    What’s happening now? Is there any progress?
    Ihad not know anything about Karabakh bevor I met Azeri st

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