English translation of Altai ethnographic material

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This project is to translate & publish manuscripts by indigenous Siberian Altai elders about Altai's intangible culture & sacred knowledge. The spiritual culture of the Altai people is rapidly being lost & with it the cultural identity of the youth. Altai culture is little documented & almost no cultural heritage preservation organizations work there. Publication & translation of these manuscripts will help preserve this world heritage material & raise awareness for the threatened Altai culture

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The challenge is to preserve traditional spiritual knowledge of elders of Altai indigenous community via publication for the purposes of cultural integrity, sacred knowledge transmission to future generations, & preserving linguistic diversity. Rapid loss of cultural identity plus lack of cultural preservation activities in the little-known Altai region means that traditional ecological knowledge & spiritual philosophy may be lost forever as the last generation of knowledge keepers passes away.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project aims to preserve sacred and linguistic knowledge by collaborating with indigenous knowledge carriers and linguists to edit, publish, and translate a 700-page manuscript written by Altai elder N. Shodoev into the Russian, Altai, and English languages. Publications will be made available to local museums, schools and libraries, as well as international cultural heritage organizations and likewise submitted to international academic ethnographic archives.

Potential Long Term Impact

This publishing project will create a legacy for elder N. Shodoev personally, but will also assist educators and translators in Altai with the urgent task of cultural survival (population approx. 60,000). Publications produced in translation will make archival materials available to the wider academic community and cultural preservation organizations interested particularly in traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable values in the context of climate change adaptation.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $0

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $0 .  The original project funding goal was $8,000.


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Altai Mir University

Shoreline, WA, United States

Project Leader

Carol Hiltner

Shoreline, WA United States

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Map of English translation of Altai ethnographic material