National Geographic : 1993 Mar
Helping to build a nation, thousands of Kazakhs are returningto their ancestral home from neighboring Mongolia, where many of their forebears sought refuge after the Bolshevik Revo lution. Living in traditionalyurts on the northern steppe, this group awaits livestock from the government. Long outnumbered by Russians in their own land, Kazakhs have now surpassed them, accounting for 40 percent of the country's -17 million people, compared with the Rus - sians' 38 percent. More than a hundred Minorities make up the remainder.