Hello and a warm hug and handshake to you. The Fast Horse Build will be a four year project in the overall Wounded Knee building project. The plans are to simultaneously:
(1) build the home: With help from David Reed of Texas Natural Builders, we will build a timber framed cordwood home called Paha Wakan (The Sacred Mountain), designed by Kelly Hart (http://bit.ly/AtLoVZ) on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. We are looking for volunteers with love and First Nation Solidarity to come and learn how to build with timber, cob, straw bale and cordwood!! We are so excited and hope ya'll are too!!!
(2) build a wind turbine and working with solar panels
(3) clear and level the campground area and a bunk house for volunteers who prefer indoor camping. Along with this we will put together solar showers and composting toilets. We will also build two root cellars to help preserve the vegetables that we buy and that are later grown on the land.
(4) restore water to a dry creek bed on the land with help from Valer Austin of Cuenca Los Ojos www.CuencaLosOjos.com.
(5) Lena Apple-Fast Horse will also be doing organic gardening, for which she has great skill and dedication. All interested organic gardeners are welcome to come for all, or any part of the late spring/early-through-late fall. If you choose to come in late spring, please know that this time is spent preparing the camp area for the other domestic and international volunteers.
As you can see, this is quite the ambitious undertaking, but I believe it can be done by reaching out for help.
Two years ago, our intrepid Altai project leader Svetlana Katynova completed a five-year research project to document the wisdom of elders in the Ust Koksa district of Altai. This project prevented the loss of cultural history, which is critical for the recovery of Altai culture. Although Svetlana has had a successful professional career doing similar work, she did this project as a volunteer. Her out-of-pocket costs were funded in part by your contributions.
One year ago, Svetlana completed the compilation of all this data into book form, including an article by me giving a foreigner's perspective on the unique Ust Koksa area. Her goal is to have the book published in Russian, Altaian, English, and German. In one of the most impoverished regions of Russia, finding fundors for such an ambitions project has been a major effort.
We are pleased to announce that the Altai Republic Ministry of Tourism stepped forward to publish and distribute the Russian version of the book. Svetlana is still working away on publication of the translations.
Wholeheartedly, I invite you to support this project.
Since we began building homes for Lakota families years ago, Joe Fast Horse has been on the building sites, working hard as a volunteer. And through the internet, he has educated himself on all aspects of off-the-grid, low-cost, healthy housing.
However, Joe and his family still live in dangerously mold-infested government housing on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Joe and Lena dream of building an eco-sustainable children's safe house and home. They currently have nine children in their home; five are by birth and four by circumstance. Additionally, they work with Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyape (LOWO) as an emergency placement home for children. This summer, we got started on this safe house -- in other words, the foundation for just the central section of this house. Even though most of the building materials are local (read "free"), funds are needed for doors, windows, beams, and generator fuel.
In most of the US, food, shelter, and life's necessities are readily available. Not in Pine Ridge -- "America's 3rd World Country." Everything is used and reused. Please sign up for a monthly donation today. Thank you for caring.