Straight From Kongar-ool Ondar
- Tuva is so isolated from the world. We Tuvans, there are
just a few of us in a small nationality. We live in such a
beautiful place because our wise ancestors fought for and protected
our land for us, we are the heirs of their wisdom and their
struggle. Because of our ancestors' strong character and wisdom,
they saved the land for us. It's a place so alive and rich with
life, animals, fruits, Because of that we will continue to protect
our land, our culture, our people, our history.
- In winter we are -40 degrees. Summer we have heat, some
times it's so hot from -40 to 40 centigrade. and we live and
protect the land of our ancestors, be it -40 or 40. We will stay
here. We can be proud of our people for sports, culture, the arts,
our people have been around the world to show our stuff.
- Sports are horse racing, wrestling, and archery. One
wrestler from Tuva was in the Olympics. It's because our knowledge
of wrestling permeated our land as it is our national sport. It
pits man against man. Horse racing is important. We Tuvans say
without horses there is no life. We get excited upon seeing a
horse. We have 40 km races. Tuvan horses since ancient times
could run very long distances because of our tough climate and
- Genghis Khan is our history. Genghis Khan's right hand man,
his commander in chief was a Tuvan, Uranttai Subadei Maadyr. He
was the head and of course he also was the leaders of the
Uranttais. In history. everywhere it is said that Uranttais were
the fiercest --- where Genghis Khan's army could not penetrate a
fortress, the Uranttais came and captured it. We're a forest
people, tough, and hard working from Taiga (animal-herding tough
people live there). Weak people cannot survive the forest.
- If people live in friendship then peace will prevail and life
becomes good for one and all. More than happiness people don't
need anything. Our friendship (with the U.S.) began with
Feynman and Leighton, and from our nation, Daryma Ondar, and we
welcomed the friendship and we uphold it. With Paul, I play
- In the U.S. there are many good things for people, plumbing, roads,
TV, store full of things, whatever one wants. We don't have such
luxury in Tuva. We have problems finding goods and when we find it
it's too expensive. Things go to waste here in America. Here
everything is for the taking.
- I want to pass on what I know. My purpose in life now is to
teach children in school. I'm tired of showing myself off. I
want to pass on the tradition of our ancestors. Children show
what they know maybe they don't have the ability to hide their
weaknesses like adults.
- When one has friends, his life will be full and interesting. One
hundred friends are worth more than one hundred rubles. If one
does one's own work to the fullest he will be rewarded. I have been
well rewarded. I have many great friends and I hope people do the
same. Be true to your dreams so their lives will be full.