You and almost 400 other donors have made a significant difference for the Altai people. They are doing everything they can to preserve their sacred culture and steward the pristine Altai lands. You helped avert a crisis - the wholesale loss of traditional land. Now, local land cooperatives have been formed and the risk of land loss is greatly reduced. However, many traditional livelihoods were lost during the Communist period, so young people are unable to sustain themselves in the traditional ways. Our Altai partner Svetlana Katynova has been working for many years to set up a center where those skills can be revived and taught to both ethnic Altai and ethnic Russian youths. Therefore, Svetlana has shifted her focus toward ways to sustain the Altai culture, which is still slipping away. We are closing the GlobalGiving land project to focus on a broader one for which we request your continued to support: "Revive Altai cultural/environmental sustainability" http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/revive-altai-cultural-and-environmental-sustainability/
For several years, with your help, we have enabled talented young throat-singers to continue their career path. Throat-singing is essential to the survival of the at-risk Altai culture.
Now it is time for the summer cultural gathering of the Altai people at Elo Village in the Onguday District. Our young singers perform there, and meet with other singers to learn songs from far-flung villages and compete for honors with singers who come from as far away as Kazakhstan and Khakasia.
From there, they will continue to practice their art during their summer break from university study by giving community concerts in schools and cultural centers. Thank you for your continued support to make this happen!
We can make a difference for Lakota families. The housing situation in Wounded Knee is unspeakably bad. Families are either crowded into flimsy particle-board houses full of black mold or into flimsy FEMA trailers full of black mold.
Our focus this summer is to help Joe Fast Horse and his wife and two children to begin construction of a "dome-home" on the land that is his by tradition. The house will be tucked in a grove of pine trees in the protection of a beautiful windblown ridge. It has a wide territorial view of grasslands.
Joe has been a steadfast volunteer on houses for others during prior summers, and now international volunteers will be assisting him. His family is entirely dependent on your generous donations for materials to keep the volunteers busy. Thank you for doing what you can.