Here's a brief and somewhat dated article that nonetheless serves as a decent introduction to some of the intricacies of Kazakh clan politics. They trace back to the migratory hordes of steppe riders and were sort of merged into an entity primarily by Soviet state-building efforts in Central Asia.That'll show me not to jump to conclusions.
The role of clans in Kazakhstan today By Nurbulat E. Masanov Traditional Kazakh society was divided into three zhuz or "hordes" — the Greater, Middle, and Small. Underlying this division is the principle of genealogical seniority — elder, middle, and younger brothers. According to this complex...