Project #6550

Support Indigenous Youth Leadership Exchanges

by Altai Mir University
meet Viktor!
meet Viktor!

Viktor is a seventeen-year-old throat-singing phenomenon. He's also a joyful ambassador for Altai culture, as he works with the children in the Ust Koksa district. To reach his full potential, Viktor needs our financial help -- for traditional instruments and performance costuming, as well as for training.

He'll be working at children's camps this summer (but as a volunteer, because the village kids have no money). But he really needs to get to Altai's biennial national cultural festival in July, to compare notes with other young throat-singers and to be coached by the few throat-singing elders.

Optimally, he needs recurring donations, so he can attend university next fall. Your donations have already helped one group of talented young people get their educations. Please invest now in Viktor -- the most promising of the next wave of kids.


Ailana, from Kosh Agach
Ailana, from Kosh Agach

Thank you for supporting Indigenous youth leadership exchanges. Our current emphasis is on supporting Altai students of traditional music, especially throat-singing, to complete their university studies so they can contribute to their communities as professional sound-healers and carriers of culture.

A representative for a granting agency once told me that they do not require Altai people to individually present evidence of financial need, because although their culture is rich, their wallets have not been. For students leave their villages to study, outside financial assistance is necessary.

We have supported one group of about six students for two years now, and that group still has two years of study remaining. However, a new group of young students is now ready for university study, so, to support them as well, the needs are increased.

I invite you to continue contributing to this important process, maybe even with a monthly subscription donation.

Thank you!!

Ailana and Viktor
Ailana and Viktor

The young Altai throat-singers whose education we have been supporting have been continuing to perform to accolades at regional ethnic music competitions. The revival of throat-singing is central to the continuing viability of the Altai culture, because throat-singers are the keepers/transmitters of the oral history. And access to the history is necessary in order for the Altai people to keep their covenant with Mother Earth to protect their sacred lands.

In all of this, costuming may seem like frosting on the cake, but actually, it is a necessary part of the singers’ process of attuning themselves to the “group mind” from which they transmit the history. The making of the costumes is itself a sacred act.

Your generous holiday donation for the creation of the young throat-singers’ ceremonial costuming will enhance the capability of this new generation to access guidance for their people.


Throat-singers giving private concert
Throat-singers giving private concert

Donors to Altai Mir University have been providing stipends to enable extraordinarily talented, but financial destitute young Altai musicians to continue their university training as professional musicians. This summer, members of the International Altai Expedition were treated to wonderful concerts (see videos)

Alan Sameev, after winning several regional contests, was also supported by AMU in his first international concert, in France in July. Alan is sitting closest to the camera in the attached photo.

Members of the group need monthly stipends of $75. Contributions can be made on a continuing basis to provide all or part of one of the stipends.


Our sponsored youth and their adult facilitators
Our sponsored youth and their adult facilitators

We are proud to announce that Alan, who won top honors at a regional throat-singing contest during the winter, has been invited to Spain to perform. This is a MAJOR opportunity for this promising young man. However, he needs your help to get there.

Even a small donation makes a huge difference as Alan dedicates his life to service through the recovery of his powerful, sustainable indigenous culture. The Altai culture was repressed during Communism, and is in even more need of protection as the juggernaut of privatization threatens traditional ways,

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Organization Information

Altai Mir University

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

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