Altai-Kizhi in Russia

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Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Altai-Kizhi
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 83,000
World Population: 83,600
Primary Language: Altai, Southern
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.33 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Ural-Siberian
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
Progress Level:


Presently a number of different peoples are united as "Altaics", or "Oirots". For the most part, these peoples have had different occupations, modes of life, and ethnic origins, which is why the Altai district of the Mountain Altai autonomous region is linguistically and ethnically so diverse. There is a great difference between the North and South Altaics in their customs and clothing. Altai is a very old center for the art of metal working. Since ancient times the North Altaics have been remarkable for their skill in mining and melting iron and fashioning harnesses, helmets, spears, hunting gear, sabres and many other things. Throughout the centuries the Altaics have tenaciously held on to several elements of Old Turkic culture and the accompanying way of life. Many Old Turkic shamanistic customs have remained, including the rite of sacrificing animals.

Ministry Obstacles

Commitment to tradition makes it difficult to change ones' way of life, and following Christ does require change.

Outreach Ideas

The old Altaic tradition of sacrificing animals could serve as an effective bridge to understanding the sacrifice of Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few followers of Jesus Christ among the Altai will be accurately instructed in the truths of scripture, and will place their faith fully in the finished work of Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that all Altai people will come to worship the creator, instead of his creation. Also pray for improved living conditions, for good schools and for employment opportunities.

Text Source:   Joshua Project