Kazakh Eagle Hunter of Western Mongolia
Photo and caption by Christopher Geoghegan
Kazakh Eagle Hunters, or ‘Berkutchi’ as they are locally known, are well respected and take pride in their appearance. Border agreements, forced collectivisation under Stalin and the Chinese Cultural revolution were just a few of many factors that led to mass Kazakh migration across regions now known as Bayan-Ölgii (Mongolian’s westernmost state) and Xinjinag (China), where Kazakh culture and tradition are still practiced the same way in which they have for hundreds of years. Such as that as the art of hunting with Golden Eagles.
Location: Bayan-Ölgii, Western Mongolia