Svetlana and the sacred kedr trees we planted
Svetlana writes to Carol Hiltner, president of Altai Mir University, from Gorno-Altaisk, Siberia:
For almost two years I have been working on the project "Dyadagan"---the ancient and sacred musical instrument that was discovered in the archives of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The instrument has been restored and reproduced, but our work with it closes, then opens again.
At the beginning of the new year, I sat down again for the project. And quite by accident, perhaps not by chance, I stumbled on a new musical artifact called the yatga, found in 2008 in Mongolia, in a spur of the Altai Mountains, during the excavation of burial mounds Mongolian-German archaeologists. The artifact is very similar to the Altai version.
When I looked renovated Mongolian instrument and the way he plays, I clearly understood how our Altai version is different, how to play our instrument, and how to equip it. I was overwhelmed with emotion.
The Mongols restored instrument, helped by German experts. A great ceremony of consecration of the instrument was carried out in 2014. A special group of "Altai" uses this tool in its work.
But most interesting is that this instrument is referenced in ancient Turkic legend and petroglyphs, and the instrument dates back to the age of 1400 years. Our Altai artifacts date back to VII-II centuries BC.
I clearly saw that I can continue to work on this project. The musicians you mentored---Alina Tadyrova and Victor Malchinov---will play in the future of this instrument.
Today, we went to see the little kedr trees---sacred to our people---that you helped us plant from seed almost ten years ago. They're little, but they survived and are growing. 2017 was declared the Year of Ecology, so we have many plans
But now, at the end of the year, we do a lot of presentations, master classes with sand painting. Thank you for your ongoing support. You enable us to work with children with disabilities, the poor, and those with large families. In my heart there is always sadness.
I hug you.