Inspired by Edward Sheriff Curtis and his iconic portraits of Native Americans, photographer Jimmy Nelson and his 50 year old camera journeyed to 44 different countries, visiting more than 35 indigenous tribes and documenting their stories and traditions for his book Before They Pass
The Kazakhs are the descendants of Turkic, Mongolic and Indo-Iranian indigenous groups and Huns that populated the territory between Siberia and the Black Sea. They are a semi-nomadic people and have roamed the mountains and valleys of western Mongolia with their herds since the 19th century.
The Eagle Hunters of Mongolia Bayan Ulgii West Mongolia 2015. During the communist period in Kazakhstan many Kazakhs fled for Mongolia settling down in Bayan Ulgii. Today in Mongolia they continue an old tradition that is passed from generation to generation Eagle hunting . They hunt small animals such as foxes and marmots with eagles on horseback. There are an estimated 250 eagle hunters in the Western Mongolian province.
Two different eyes. Eagle hunter competitor..At the festival..Eagle Hunting festival in Western Mongolia, in the province of Bayan Olgii. Mongolian and Kazak eagle hunters come to compete for 2 days at this yearly gathering. Mongolia, October 2006