— OVERVIEW: For its several thousand years of recorded history Uzbekistan has both benefited from, and been the victim of, its location at central Asia’s crossroads . . .
— LANGUAGE: Most people in Uzbekistan speak Uzbek, though some Tajiks in Bukhara and Samarqand speak the Tajik language . . .
— UZBEK DANCING: Uzbek folk dance, which most publicly takes place at festive life-cycle events like a marriage, is a gender-segregated affair — women dance together, as do men . . .