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.
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July, 2013: It is with heavy hearts that we inform you
that Kongar-ol Ondar passed away on July 25 in Kyzyl.
It is in some ways an end of an era.
obituary has been written by Jonathan Kaminsky of Reuters.
May, 2013: Redefine Magazine has published "Tuva’s Meridian of Musicality, Spirituality, and Cross-Cultural Place: A Primer On Tuvan Throat Singing", an extensive and thoughtful overview of music and it's place in Tuvan culture. Check it out!
May, 2013: The Feynman Tapes, Volumes 0, 1, and 2 -- as well as
Suite, and Tuva Talk are all available again!
These original recordings of Feynman telling some of his classic tales have been
unavailable for some time now but can be heard once again. Also available
is the 1996 album Echoes of Tuva by Kongar-ol ondar.
kongar-olondar.bandcamp.com for the details.
This page last updated Thursday November 28, 2013.