Autochthonism as a political and narrative matrix for the identities of the Soviet peoples is a well-known subject.
In the 1930s, Marr's ideas about a people's development through stages (or stadial'nost') and the autochthonism of its origins enjoyed such success that it came to supersede the various other possible definitions of ethnology.
On the model of the Slavs, all the "nationalities" of the Soviet Union were invited to play the autochthonism card and challenge migrationist ideas: the Tatars, for example, were said to descend directly from the Volga Bulgars, not the Mongols.
In the first ethnogenetic studies, recurring references to Germanist Aryan theories clearly show how the Soviet discourse on autochthonism developed in response to German ideas but with reliance on the same kinds of arguments.
26) This assertion of ancient Tajik autochthonism provoked the anger of the Uzbek authorities, who insisted that Tajik history be clearly contained within the borders of that union republic and that its ethnogenesis not intrude on its neighbors'.