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The Eagle Huntress

The Kazakhs in Western Mongolia have a long-standing tradition of hunting foxes and hares with golden eagles. This technique has been passed on for centuries, usually from father to son. Documentary photographer Asher Svidensky traveled to Ölgii to chronicle this ancient tradition, but with the focus: “To search for a portrait representing the future of this ancient Mongolian tradition […] to document the “Future Generation” – Young Kids who take their first steps in learning the hunting skills, kids who hold the tradition’s future in their bare hands.”

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And that future may lie in the hands of a girl: Ashol-Pan, daughter of a famous hunter. Svedensky has captured this amazing young girl in these stunning photographs.eagle-huntress-asholpan-mongolia

AS: “She was perfect. I was amazed by her comfort and ease as she began handling the grand eagle for the first time in her life. She was fearlessly carrying it on her hand and caressing it somewhat joyfully.”eagle-huntress-asholpan-mongoliaeagle-huntress-asholpan-mongolia

All images © Asher Svidensky
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