Magazine article Geographical

Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs

Magazine article Geographical

Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs

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HUNTING WITH EAGLES: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs

by Palani Mohan; Merrell; 30 [pounds sterling] (hardback)

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In the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia, small groups of ethnic Kazakh nomadic herders exist in a world far removed from the modern one we know today. As photographer Palani Mohan writes in the introduction to his four-years-in-the-making photography book on these people and their hunting practices: 'In this barren landscape, where temperatures plummet to -40[degrees]C in winter, live the last of the men who hunt with eagles'.

Hunting with Eagles contains almost a hundred large, duotone images, each offering a stark glimpse into the lives of these extraordinary men and the birds of prey they capture as eagle pups, bond with, and eventually hunt the vast Mongolian plains and mountains together with. The photographs reveal hunter's faces etched with the marks of hard living, but also the warmth the men show towards their golden eagles (far more warmth than they seem to show towards their wives and families). …

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