Friends of Tuva (FoT) was conceived by accident in 1981 to commemorate Tuva's 60th anniversary as a distinctive splotch on the world globe. Because FoT is a brainchild of Ralph Leighton, it is impossible that it could even resemble an organization. Rather, it has been a clearinghouse of information about Tuva and its "patron saint," Richard Feynman, who collected Tuvan stamps as a boy — and as an adult wondered,
FoT is unfunded and so has no affiliation with any government or religious institution. As there are no dues, meetings, or even a membership list, those who would like to consider themselves as Friends of Tuva should simply spread the word about this magical country, and celebrate Richard Feynman's spirit of adventure.
Remember to follow our news feed for updates!
Christmas Eve, 2012:
A message from Ralph Leighton, founder of Friends of Tuva, and author of Tuva or Bust!: [edited January 5 to remove links to purchase the e-book]]
All income from the sale of the Ondar the Groovin' Tuvan video book goes directly towards paying Ondar's costs in participating in the January 1, 2013, Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
December 2012: Follow Kongar-ool Ondar on Facebook!
December 2012: On January 1, 1993, three Tuvan
horsemen and musicians rode down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, as
part of the Rose Parade. Kongar-ool Ondar, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, and Anatoly
Kuular were accompanied by their friend and translator Rada Chakar at a time
when Tuvan culture was almost completely unknown in North America, outside of a
few persistent fanatics.
You can help support Ondar's visit (which is funded entirely through personal donations) by making a donation yourself!
Ondar has established a relationship with Creative Visions
Foundation that allows him to accept charitable donations to support his
artistic endeavors in the USA. Creative Visions Foundation is a publicly
supported 501(c)3, which supports Creative Activists who use the power of media
and the arts to affect positive change in the world. All donations are tax
October 2012: Check out our news feed where you can sign up to receive news via email or via your favourite RSS client!
This page last updated Sunday January 20, 2013.