Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"The Eagle Huntress" (video)

Still image from the documentary The Eagle Huntress. The film follows teenager (Ashol Pan) Aisholpan Nurgaiv, the first female in a traditionally male role, as she trains a golden-eagle chick to hunt in Mongolia (Asher Svidensky/Kissaki Films).
(Matador Network) Filmmaker Brandon Li and his producer ( went out on a limb to make this video, spending several weeks living with ethnically Kazakh eagle hunters on the Russian/Mongolian border in their traditional yurts. Living in the wild also as nomads, we see their daily activities of training eagles to hunt, herding yaks, and racing camels. Moving every 3-10 days to cover ground as travel-filmmakers, they saddle up and enjoy the ride. See more: Instagram and Facebook:
Teenage "Eagle Huntress" overturns 2,000 years of male tradition
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The Eagle Huntress, a documentary film set in Mongolia directed by Otto Bell and starring teenager (Ashol Pan) Aisholpan Nurgaiv, debuted [Jan. 24, 2016] at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

With its focus on a charismatic girl who has accomplished something other women have not in 2,000 years -- she hunts on horseback with the help of a golden eagle -- the film has earned standing ovations.

(On Native Ground) Sundance Film Festival 2016, Danny DeLeon, Alex Greenlee, Jack Kohler
Aisholpan's family members are nomadic Kazakh herders of the Altai mountains region who base their subsistence economy on herding cattle and goats.
An essential supplement to the herders' livelihood comes from the practice of training golden-eagle chicks to become their close partners in the hunting of foxes and other small mammals used for food and clothing.
This specialized hunting practice -- woven into the fabric of everyday life and celebrated at regional competitions -- has been an entirely male endeavor throughout its history, passed down in families from generation to generation.

(Seeker Stories) "Who Are The Eagle Hunters Of Mongolia?" A small Kazakh tribe in Mongolia's Altai Mountains hunts with a rather unusual tool: the golden eagle. Meet the world's last eagle hunters and their trusted companions.

Now, just as climate [chaos] threatens this way of life and as only 250 eagle hunters remain in Mongolia, Aisholpan is coming to the world's attention as the first woman eagle huntress.
I sat down at Sundance for a wide-ranging conversation with Aisholpan; her father, Nurgaiv Rys; her mother, Alma Dalaykan; and also Otto Bell. Aisholpan's cousin, Baldygryn Baidola, translated. As a young child, Nurgaiv told me... More + AUDIO:
A great scientist named Roger Revelle had Al Gore in his class at Harvard and the global warming campaign was born. Revelle tried to calm things down years later, but Gore said Revelle was senile and refused to debate. John Coleman documents the entire story and shows how our tax dollars are perpetuating the global warming alarmist campaign even though temperatures have not risen in years and year.
Coming up behind Ashol Pan is Bahak Birgen, the youngest male eagle hunter (

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