The 55,000 Altai people have asked for international help to protect their environmentally sensitive and at-risk lands. Although some international help is now being provided, more is needed. Altai is the birthplace of global shamanism and has been a place of pilgrimage for millennia. Due to an influx of ethnic Russians in the last 20 years, the Altai people are now outnumbered 3 to 1; their traditional lands are being exploited and their waters polluted.
This project will support an international delegation to visit Altai, where they gain first-hand experience and personal connections that will enable them to inspire others in their home-countries to support the Altai people.
Through exchanges and delegations in the past 5 years, Altai Mir University has fostered direct international involvement of several other organizations, expanding the possibility of support for the Altai people to steward their traditional lands.