Revive Altai cultural/environmental sustainability

by Altai Mir University
Two ethnic Altai boys in Russian-language school
Two ethnic Altai boys in Russian-language school

The ancient Altai culture is being lost, overwhelmed by ethnic Russian culture. As traditional Altai pasture lands are being sold out from under them, Altai families are forced into the city to survive and their children have no experience of their sacred way of life.

Project leader Svetlana Katynova has an audacious plan to save her culture: build a traditional village at the edge of the capital city of Gorno-Altaisk, where schoolchildren can be immersed in their traditional culture. Svetlana has the land and the volunteer residents to build and the village and teach the children, but she still needs the funds required to actually build the village.

Summers in the Altai Mountains of Siberia are short and Svetlana dared not let another summer pass, so she has borrowed the $5000 needed for this summer and is counting on your help to pay the bank.

TODAY for the next few hours, your generous donation will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving. What is it worth to save a culture?

Carol and Marina in a traditional a
Carol and Marina in a traditional a'il

Today is GlobalGiving "Matching Day" and we are excited to be fund-raising for an innovative model Altai village that will immerse city kids of Altai descent in their culture -- which may be their only access to their heritage. Your donation this morning will get an extra 30% matching bonus.

The sash around my waist in the photo is a traditional way of honoring people. I had just brought English-language primers to her small village library so her students could practice reading English -- a necessary skill, unfortunately, for articulately protecting their traditional culture.

The matching starts at 9am ET and goes until the matching funds are all allocated, which usually takes not more than half a day. So please donate immediately if you can.

Your donation not only enables this project, but it also is a significant step toward the preservation of ancient indigenous wisdom that our world cannot afford to lose. Thank you for both previous and future donations!!!

The donation link is below.

Svetlana doing ceremony on the land
Svetlana doing ceremony on the land

Tomorrow, you will have a chance to make your donation to revive the Altai culture BIGGER!

Our Altai partner, Svetlana Katynova has persuaded the local government to make land available for a traditional Altai village so that Altai kids living in the city can experience their culture, which is otherwise lost to them. Thirty volunteers are ready to built the village and live in it, reviving hope for Altai culture for 25,000 ethnic Altai people in the city of Gorno-Altaisk.

First, however, the land must be surveyed and registered, a water tower must be built, and the mountainous access road must be made passable.

Check your e-mail tomorrow morning for the details on how to make a BIG difference.

Viktor and Carol
Viktor and Carol

A week ago, I got an urgent e-mail from our Altai partner Svetlana. Viktor, one of our gifted young throat-singers had been invited to a national festival in St. Petersburg. It was his chance to shine.

Trouble was, he had no money for travel. I couldn't help personally because my own personal resources have long since been maxed out on this project; the need there is so great. Fortunately, donations made through GlobalGiving had just been disbursed, and we were able to send $130.

Yesterday, Svetlana e-mailed again. Viktor had placed first in the national contest and was on his way home by train. Photos are promised when he arrives back in Altai after the 3-day journey.

As you are doing you "joy-to-the world"s this year, please consider a recurring donation that will enable our young throat-singers to continue their schooling. Or maybe a generous year-end contribution to rebuild our Altai emergency funds.

Thank you for your continuing support.

two of our young throat-singers
two of our young throat-singers

For several years, your donations have enabled us to provide support to young Altai throat-singers, so they could afford to continue their training.

We are delighted to announce that they once again performed at El Oyin, the biennial national Altai cultural festival, to rave reviews. They also continue to perform for the community. I have attached a video of our group giving an informal concert at a children's camp.

Thank you for your continued support.



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Altai Mir University

Location: Shoreline, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Carol Hiltner
Shoreline, Washington United States

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