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  • Yerkebulan. A steppe story by Galina Emelyanova. Part II.

    • The owner mainly came to the steppe for hunting, but sometimes he was OK with personally getting the cattle into vans for transportation to the city.
  • So this time, Zhanbai arrived with an escort of strong young men, in huge cars that the old people had never seen before, and two cattle vans trailed behind them.
  • Zhanbai drove around the horse herd and hissed with disdain: “Everyone to the slaughter!” Several strong men got out of the vans and the work began.
  • They took horses and foals en masse.
  • Aidos tried to explain to the owner that it was too early to take the foals away from the mares, but he did not listen.
    • Then the bai saw Karanayzagan in the herd and clucked his tongue with joy.
  • Zhanbai said: “I’ll take him to the racetrack, maybe he’s worth it.” The foal was taken from his mother.
  • The sides of the van were slammed shut.
  • The vans drove into the city to a meat factory.
    • Aydos spat a curse in the direction of the new bai and Batima only wailed sadly: ”Ooh, bai, mark my words, there’s going to be trouble.” And trouble happened.
  • At night, a terrible thunderstorm began, which was unprecedented in March.
    • Aidos and his wife took three days to collect the horses that had scattered across the steppe from fear.
  • And when they returned to their yurt (2), their little grandson Yerkebulan was not there.
    • However, there was still hope that somehow it all would work out, because the old wolfhound had gone with the boy.
    • The three days to collect the horse herd had taken all their strength and the old people went to bed; they were certain that their grandson would be found.
  • The morning did not bring good news: there was no Yerkebulan and the wolfhound did not return either.
  • Aidos got on his horse and rode to the aul (3).
  • 2- A traditional yurt is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by several distinct nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia.
  • 3 - Aul (Kazakh) is a Kazakh word meaning ”village” in Kazakhstan.