Traveling Home from the Eagle Festival
“A fast horse and a soaring eagle are the wings of a nomad” is a Kazakh proverb. The Eagle Festival takes place every October in Ulgii, where close to 80 hunters gather. After two days of grueling competition where the bonds between the hunters and their eagles are tested, the title of “best eagle hunter of the year” is awarded. More than the competition, the gathering is an opportunity for hunters to share stories and compare notes on their hunting practices.