Indigenous wisdom in the Altai mountains of Siberia
In the summer of 2008, for the third year in a row, Bill Pfeiffer led a journey to the majestic and mysterious Altai mountains of Siberia. The purpose of the trip, like the previous ones, was for the travelers (this time, all from the United States) to immerse themselves in the ecstatic quality of Altai land and culture. In so doing, they were more likely to become enthusiastic protectors of the land and more sensitized to the sustainability ethic built into Altai culture.
One of the trip participants, Beth Lorio, wrote:
My recent journey to the Altai region in southern Siberia was an amazing, life-changing experience. I was gifted by the land and people in every conceivable way, and in two short weeks the group of strangers I travelled with transformed into a singular traditional culture of its own, that could fit into a mid-sized white van!
A month after returning beth raised $1000 to help danil mamyev, sen’s main partner in Siberia and director of the Tengri School for Spiritual Ecology. The trip was full of adventure (thrills and spills) on all levels. Unlike the 2007 trip where we seemed to travel over the entire Altai, this group spent the majority of the two weeks in the Karakol Valley. Despite numerous past trips to the valley there was plenty to see and experience that was new. Bill Pfeiffer has written many pages on the trip and is planning to write a book using this exceptional journey ( his 40th trip to Russia) as the springboard.
Photo montage below: credits to Jim Molloy, Jodi Frediani, Bill Pfeiffer