Altai Cultural Center Construction Progress Report
By Carol Hiltner - President, Altai Mir University
The camp cookfire
Amazing progress was made last summer toward the development of the planned cultural revival center in the village of Tyungur in Altai. Local volunteers installed about 1000 feet of fencing (to keep the cows out and the young children in), dug and constructed an outhouse, and built an outdoor kitchen and sheltered dining area, as well as two traditional summer a’ils for sleeping.
All this was immediately used to host a month-long summer camp for children from nearby villages, teaching them traditional Altai arts and freeing their parents for their critically important herding and subsistence farming activities.
The vision is the construction of an incubation center to foster the revival of traditional “cottage industry,” which was suppressed during Communist times. Only the few elders still have the know-how. The funds to purchase the building materials were donated during the previous winter. Next summer’s construction on the site is dependent on further donations this winter. Please donate generously!
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