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A 13-year-old Kazakh (Mongol) girl hunting with her eagle.

I know this may make the vegitarians and anti-hunters among us squick, but a couple of things: her people have been doing this for centuries, to survive. It's an art today, and a skill that is dwindling.

And look at her. Just . . . look at her. When she sends her eagle into the sky, you can tell she's sending her heart with that glorious bird. That girl is the embodiment of freedom and joy. And look at the end! They snuggle!!!

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queenoftheskies
Apr. 15th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
I saw this piece earlier. It's amazing!
vengence_on_ice
Apr. 15th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Very cool! That is an awesome eagle. And I like how they return them to the wild when they mature to breed the next generation.

Edited at 2014-04-15 07:52 pm (UTC)
cereta
Apr. 15th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's amazing! One small correction: the article would indicate that they use female eagles for hunting, so it's likely the eagle is a "her."
deborahblakehps
Apr. 15th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful! That last picture, of the girl with her eagle, really did make my heart soar. (And she's just adorable.) Thanks for sharing.
elrhiarhodan
Apr. 15th, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this - it's made a meh day better.

And I was going to comment that a 31 year-old female is not a girl -but on reading the article, I realized that your link text has a typo.
spacklegeek
Apr. 15th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
When I saw this earlier today, one of my first thoughts was, "Tamora Pierce would love this story!" I'm glad you saw it, too. It is pretty awesome.
evamagick
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
You were the first person I thought of when I posted this! And the snuggle is the best part! And the next best is her outfit cause she looks like she can kick ass in that!
mg4h
Apr. 16th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
I figured you'd like that article ;)
nonnycat
Apr. 16th, 2014 08:00 am (UTC)
I saw another post on that a couple weeks back; meant to link you to it but things have been crazy here, so totally forgot. Glad you saw it :)

She's amazing, and I have so much respect for her. Very cool that not only are her people still keeping their traditional skills and arts, but that they're opening up to allow women, too. The photos are gorgeous, and she looks so happy with her eagle. :)
hawk_wings
Apr. 16th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
This was a beautiful story, and very uplifting! To see a young girl embarking on such a journey that was male-exclusive for so long... Wow!
tallihensia
Apr. 16th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Wonderful article. Thank you for sharing it. (New book idea? ;D)
seawench
Apr. 17th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to share this!
My cousin Samantha Ajzan was born in that region and I will be so happy to share this with her. She is five and I can't remember anyone ever showing her what strong women from her culture look like.

This is really a treasure. Thank you.
blue_shadows9
Apr. 21st, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
This is incredibly cool. I love it!
kayt_arminta
Apr. 22nd, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
When I posted this on my twitter I wished you were following me so you could see the article. I'm so glad you found it no your own, isn't it amazing?
Clara Sanborne
Aug. 16th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
Vegetarian*
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