Sarıkeçili Yoruks continue the thousand-year-old nomadic culture of Anatolia
Sarıkeçili Yörük continues the millennial nomadic culture of Anatolia
Sarıkeçili Yörükleri, one of the last representatives of the nomadic lifestyle in Anatolia, does not give up its millennial traditions despite developing technology.
Spending the summer months in Konya and Karaman due to its cool plateaus, Yoruks are taking the road to Mersin, where the temperate climate is effective with the arrival of winter.
Before the difficult journey, Sarıkeçilis, who dismantle the tents they know and prepare dough bread, cheese and yoghurt, are walking the hilly roads of the Taurus with their camels and goats, which are their only means of livelihood.
The last stop of the Yoruks, who stay in many places during the journey, is the forest areas in Gülnar and Silifke districts.
After a one-month journey, the Uçar family of 4 settlers set up their tents in Taşoluk Plateau, which is a thousand altitude.
While mother Hatice Uçar, 60, spends her day cleaning the tent and cooking, her husband Ali Uçar (62) is in a hurry to find water for both themselves and their animals.
The family's 22-year-old daughter Fatma Dilekmen and her husband Mustafa Dilekmen (23) also spend time grazing camels and goats.
"We were born in a tent, we grew up, we have no other place"
Anne Hatice Uçar told the AA reporter she hosted in her tent about the beauty and difficulties of a nomadic life.
"We were born in a tent, we grew up, we have no other place." "We are dealing with con-migration and con-migration in life. Sometimes we sit for 3 months, sometimes for 5 months. Thank God we keep dealing with our camels." used expressions.
Saying that their biggest challenge is to prevent their animals from entering other people's gardens, Uçar noted that they often get up at night and control their animals.
Uçar emphasized that he loves nomadism despite his troubles and said: "We make our products, our yoghurt, our cheese. We sell half of it, we use half for our own needs.
I think I'm at the end now, our job is done. I will do as much as God allows. I have my own house but we didn't go and live, we can't stay there.
We have seen it like this, time passes by con-migration. We were born and grown up, we saw this, we did not see comfort like hands. Some people who come here say, 'How do you spend time here