For a couple of years, we (and you) have been providing support for a promising group of young Altai leaders who are dedicated to serving their communities (and the world) through the tradition of "throat-singing."
Throat-singing is not, primarily entertainment. Rather, it serves two fundamentally necessary purposes within Altai culture. First, throat-singers are the carriers of Altai history. They do not memorize these histories, but rather, in a way that is found in many indigenous cultures globally, they are able to tune into the subtle cultural "mind-space" and directly download images of the events into their compatriots' minds' eye. Second, throat-singing is a direct healing modality, literally smoothing disease through the harmonic vibrations of sound.
The Indigenous Central Asian cultures that were oppressed under Communism are now valiantly recovering their traditions, part of which are the rigorous training of their throat-singers. Thus we are extremely pleased to convey that the young adults we have been supporting have been judged the very best of this new generation, receiving top honors both individually and as a group at a recent regional event.
We thank you for your continued support, and refer you to our website at www.AltaiMir.org for further information.
Thank you for your support of our indigenous youth leadership exchanges.
Generally, the local indigenous Altai people keep their distance from their many sacred mountains. However, in the past decade, they have been regularly tapped as guides and horsemen for Russian and foreign tourists, so the local youth are interested in having their own exciting adventures to add to evening story-telling.
As we plan the 2011 International Altai Expedition, we are inviting participation by local youth. Your donations facilitate their participation.
Thank you for your continuing support for indigenous land rights in Altai. We continue to make progress on registering traditional inherited lands as necessitated by Russia’s overall land privatization laws, with on-going court cases to retrieve land that was fraudulently taken.
The need to support local (Altai) action continues:1) Villagers are now working with archeologists to try to salvage the sacred sites that were bulldozed by the crew building a road through legally protected forest to the secret construction complex that locals understand to be a new summer home for Vladimir Putin. The legal requirement for prior archeological excavation of such sites was ignored, as was any consultation with the local people.
2) The latest word about the gas pipeline planned to go through the center of the extremely ecologically fragile and culturally sacred UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Ukok Plateau is that construction will begin next summer. Trusting in the power of group intention, we ask that you continue to imagine the plateau in its pristine condition.
100% of donations received from you are passed through directly to our indigenous Altai partners.