I am pleased to inform you that, with your help, sufficient funding was raised to make the expedition as planned. Travel for Dineh wisdom-keeper Patricia Anne Davis was fully provided, and partial sponsorship was provided for others.
We trekked to Mt. Belukha, traveled by horseback across the sacred Ukok Plateau, and the finale was to open a cosmic energy cache for the planet. We also met with a group of talented young traditional thoat-singers, and continue our sponsorship effort for them and for other traditional livelihoods in the Altai Republic, to which donations can be made through Revive Altai cultural/environmental sustainability (#3893)
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your continued support for Altai Mir University.
The International Altai Expedition duing the summer of 2011 was a great success in opening people's awareness about the amazing global resource that Altai offers. Although the expedition is now completed, the work of Altai Mir University to protect Altai continues.
In particular, despite lack of any legal authorization, Gazprom continues to desecrate the sacred Ukok Plateau in preparation for an awesomely destructive gas pipeline directly through the UNESCO World Heritage Site there. If you would like to help the local Altai people to protect their sacred lands, please donate to 2002 Prevent desecration of pristine Altai habitats.
Then, you will continue to receive updates on our work in Altai.
The Ukok Plateau is a glorious high-altitude perma-frost steppe that has been a place of pilgrimage since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. The most sacred part happens to have a 20 kilometer border with China.
It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been insufficient to protect it from plans for a financially indefensible gas pipeline, but also, now, a very lucrative proposed commercial highway, both of which would utterly destroy the pristine natural environment.
If you believe that such irreplaceably precious places should be protected from international economic machinations, please contribute in time and/or funding to the international campaign that was initiated this summer by the Altai people who are the ancient stewards of this land. To participate, contact Jennifer Castner at firstname.lastname@example.org.