About Peer to Peer Indigenous

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The main goal of the Peer to Peer Indigenous (P2PI) Two Sides of the Globe: Connecting Indigenous People (P2PI) project is to strengthen awareness of the merits of the indigenous Buryat and American Indian communities in the Baikal region of Siberia and Oklahoma through direct, peer-to-peer exchanges of their experiences of preserving their cultural heritages, and disseminating information on the two cultures. This is an important relationship to establish as recent research indicates that 14% to 38% of American Indian ancestry may originate from Siberia
(Raghavan et al., 2014 ). The Baikal region is the ancient home of the Buryat people in Russia.

 

The P2PI project will:

  • bring a group of Buryat people to Oklahoma to experience life and festivities related to life of American Indian communities
  • bring a group of Oklahoma Indians to the Baikal region of Siberia, Russia to get introduced to Siberian indigenous population culture and life
  • publish a coloring book for children to educate children about traditions and customs of indigenous people in Siberia and Oklahoma
  • conduct interviews and publish a descriptive book of both cultures with quotes and photographs
  • establish a website and virtual community to maintain communications between American Indians and Buryats