I am always looking for experiences that will help me reconnect with mother earth. Living with an eagle hunter was exactly that. I merged into a new world, new language, new habits, new faces. Reconnecting with the animals, the landscapes. The Kirghiz people are so welcoming. Aman lives in the south of Kyrgyzstan, a few kilometres from the town of Naryn, on a farm at the foot of the mountains. Cut off from the world, it perpetuates a very old tradition, which consists of raising golden eagles to hunt. The training is long and this relationship lasts 20 years. The eagle is then released and will live another 30 to 40 years before ending its days in the snow-capped mountains. Sometimes the eagle comes back to the huntsman for a more peaceful life.
Photography & words by Joffrey Persia
Edited by Bis Turnor