In old times there had been an art of hunting eagles and in Mongolia in the mountainous area still, there are nomads who follow this hunting method. In this method, a bird(an eagle) is trained to catch prey like hares and foxes. It’s a way that’s been handed over to a son from a father for over a thousand years. Leo Thomas, a photographer had been to the Altai region in Western Mongolia to photograph this interesting culture.More info & Photo courtesy: Leo Thomas | Instagram
There are about 300 hunters left in the religion and most of them are males. And during his visit, he had met one of the ten last female hunters, Zamanbol. She goes to a city school and during the weekends she trains her bird along with Barzabi, her brother. They are from the Kazakh nomad family and in the pictures, you can see her in fur clothes on a horse. Barzabi is a 26-year-old boy and is the same age as the photographer. Thomas had said that while he spends most of the time in front of the screen that boy is living his life in the environment along with his family. In the photographs captured by Thomas, you can get to see a culture that’s very different from the modern world. To see more of his work check his Instagram.
#2 Leo Thomas had captured the traditional eagle hunters from Mongolia in his camera
#3 Zamanbol, a female eagle hunter
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